sagacity


sagacity

noun

  1. acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment.

noun

  1. foresight, discernment, or keen perception; ability to make good judgments

n.c.1500, from Middle French sagacité, from Latin sagacitatem (nominative sagacitas) “keenness of perception, quality of being acute,” from sagax (genitive sagacis) “of quick perception, acute,” related to sagus “prophetic,” sagire “perceive keenly,” from PIE root *sag- “to track down, trace, seek” (cf. Old English secan “to seek;” see seek). Also used 17c.-18c. of animals, meaning “acute sense of smell.”

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