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astute

[uh-stoot, uh-styoot]
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adjective
  1. of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
  2. clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd: an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts.
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Origin of astute

1605–15; < Latin astūtus shrewd, sly, cunning, equivalent to astū- (stem of astus) cleverness + -tus adj. suffix
Related formsas·tute·ly, adverbas·tute·ness, noun

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1. smart, quick, perceptive. 2. artful, crafty, wily, sly.
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astute

adjective
  1. having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
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Derived Formsastutely, adverbastuteness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness
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Word Origin and History for astute

adj.

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.

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