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[uh-stoot, uh-styoot] /əˈstut, əˈstyut/
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
1605-15; < Latin astūtus shrewd, sly, cunning, equivalent to astū- (stem of astus) cleverness + -tus adj. suffix
Related forms
astutely, adverb
astuteness, noun
1. smart, quick, perceptive. 2. artful, crafty, wily, sly. Unabridged
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  • "Paul Irving washes his face every day of his own accord," said Anne astutely.

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  • "She doesn't need to have," said Mrs. Wistar promptly and astutely.

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  • “It was the ghost of your first wife,” asserted the old housekeeper, astutely.

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  • Louis-Philippe astutely shifted the responsibility to the public exchequer.

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  • "He would not say any thing to you to-day if you were late," says Bobby, astutely.

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  • Lastly the fear of a Russian invasion was astutely inoculated into the nation.

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British Dictionary definitions for astutely


having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
Derived Forms
astutely, adverb
astuteness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness
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Word Origin and History for astutely



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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