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sagacious

adjective

Definition: 1. acutely insightful; 2. of keen intelligence and sound judgment--wise

Synonyms: wise, discerning, prudent, savvy, astute, judicious

Antonyms: na´ve, unintelligent, ignorant, senseless

Tips: Sagacious is derived from the Latin words sagus, "prophetic" and sagax, "keen senses." Sagacious is a more formal and sophisticated way of saying "wise." Since sagacious is derived from a word that means "prophetic," or able to predict the future, use sagacious to describe someone who is wise enough to predict the future or anticipate problems and plan accordingly. The related noun, sagacity, refers to profound knowledge and understanding. Sagacious is synonymous with discerning and judicious. See additional analysis at judicious.

Usage Examples:

Among her friends, she is considered the sagacious one, the one to go to for advice. (prudent, wise)

The sagacious psychotherapist's reputation preceded him. (wise, astute)

His sagacity made him one of my favorite people to turn to for advice. (knowledge, understanding, wisdom) noun

His sagacious planning helps him get jobs done on time. (prudent, savvy)


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