- of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
- clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd: an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts.
Origin of astute
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Examples from the Web for astute
His astute detente diplomacy with the Soviet Union, trying to make the world a safer place, gets high marks.Will the Tapes That Destroyed Nixon Help Rehabilitate His Image?
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Sunday's World Cup final has the most astute soccer experts and eager bookies setting their odds on who will win.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer
July 12, 2014
This collection shows you just how complex and funny and astute she was from the start.How I Write: Meg Wolitzer
March 26, 2014
Enter the Taj Group, with its astute understanding of the needs of the well-heeled and the well-traveled.Lush Places: The Scotland of India
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They are ranked number one by the astute Jeff Sagarin of USA Today.Kevin Durant Is Poised For NBA Supremacy
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Melanie was too astute to indulge in any compromising whims.
The general is considered one of the most astute politicians in Italy.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
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"A likely story that to bear to the astute gentlemen in Toulouse," said he.Bardelys the Magnificent
"My letters to my father and to Robespierre," the astute Marc Antoine had said.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
"But that's just the kind of women they are," said Lydia, at once reckless and astute.The Prisoner
- having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
Word Origin and History for astute
1610s, from Latin astutus "crafty, wary, shrewd; sagacious, expert," from astus "cunning, cleverness, adroitness," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Greek asty "town," a word borrowed into Latin and with an overtone of "city sophistication" (cf. asteism). Related: Astutely; astuteness.