insightful insightful adj. 1. having intellectual depth; having or showing an exceptional degree of insight[2]; -- of people or their comments.

Syn: thoughtful. [WordNet 1.5]

2. characterized by sympathetic understanding.

Syn: discerning, understanding. [WordNet 1.5]

3. having a keen intellect.

Syn: prehensile. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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