V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. experience or expertise in something; 2. the ability to make good judgments--keen insight

Synonyms: insight, shrewdness, discernment, sagacity, intelligence, keenness

Antonyms: obtuseness, slowness, denseness

Tips: Acumen comes from the Latin word acuere, "to sharpen." When you have good acumen--in business, for example--you have a sharp and keen intellect, especially in a specific field or subject matter. Acumen is often used as a more sophisticated way of saying "skills or expertise." For example: financial acumen, political acumen, marketing acumen.

Usage Examples:

There will be a good deal of number crunching on this project, and we’ll need someone with great financial acumen. (intelligence, skills, expertise)

His international marketing acumen comes from several years of working for an ad agency and doing product marketing for large, multi-national companies. (sagacity, insight, keenness)

She may be young and inexperienced, but she shows great acumen in practical matters, and I think she'll be a fast learner. (shrewdness, discernment)

Her legal acumen will be of great value if she wins the Senatorial campaign. (insight, intelligence)

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