perspicacious and perspicacity

perspicacious and perspicacity
   Having or showing penetrating thinking skills; clear-sighted. Such an acuteness of perception is perspicacity. (pron. pr'spi-kay"shes, pr'spi-kas"e-tee) Not to be confused with perspicuous. One easy way to keep out of trouble is to think of "perspicUous" as the "U" word, and remember that it means "Understandable" — in contrast to the "A" word, "perspicAcious," that means "Astute." Both words come directly from Latin adjectives that mean the same thing they do: "perspicuous" from "perspicuus," and "perspicacious" from "perspicax."

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  • perspicacious — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)spɪke͟ɪʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is perspicacious notices, realizes, and understands things quickly. [FORMAL] Ordinary British people become steadily more worldly, knowing, perspicacious and cynical. Syn: perceptive, astute… …   English dictionary

  • perspicacious — perspicacious, perspicuous Fowler (1926) snootily urged the use of simpler alternatives by ‘those who are neither learned nor pretentious’. Perspicacious means ‘having mental penetration or discernment, discerning’, and its corresponding noun is… …   Modern English usage

  • perspicacity, perspicuity —    Perspicacity means shrewdness and applies to people ( a perspicacious judge of character ). Perspecu ity means easily understood and applies to things ( a perspicuous explanation ). In both cases, a simpler synonym shrewd for the first, clear… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • perspicacity, perspicuity —    Perspicacity means shrewdness and applies to people ( a perspicacious judge of character ). Perspecu ity means easily understood and applies to things ( a perspicuous explanation ). In both cases, a simpler synonym shrewd for the first, clear… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • perspicacious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a ready insight into and understanding of things. DERIVATIVES perspicaciously adverb perspicacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin perspicax seeing clearly …   English terms dictionary

  • perspicacity — perspicacious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a ready insight into and understanding of things. DERIVATIVES perspicaciously adverb perspicacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin perspicax seeing clearly …   English terms dictionary

  • perspicacious — adjective formal good at judging and understanding people and situations: a perspicacious literary critic | a perspicacious remark perspicaciously adverb perspicacity noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • perspicacity — noun 1. intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings) • Syn: ↑shrewdness, ↑astuteness, ↑perspicaciousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑perspicacious (for: ↑perspicaciousness), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • perspicacious — per|spi|ca|cious [ˌpə:spıˈkeıʃəs US ˌpə:r ] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: perspicax, from perspicere; PERSPECTIVE] good at judging and understanding people and situations = ↑perceptive >perspicaciously adv >perspicacity [… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • perspicacious — UK [ˌpɜː(r)spɪˈkeɪʃəs] / US [ˌpɜrspɪˈkeɪʃəs] adjective very formal able to judge quickly and correctly what people and situations are really like Derived words: perspicaciously adverb perspicacity UK [ˌpɜː(r)spɪˈkæsətɪ] / US [ˌpɜrspɪˈkæsətɪ] noun …   English dictionary

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