- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for astutely
He also apologized to Daniel Clowes via sky writing because, as Lena Dunham astutely noted, that's what crazy people do.How Likable Is Alec Baldwin After His ‘New York Magazine’ Confessional?
February 26, 2014
The NYPD detective, on reviewing her rage-filled emails, astutely diagnoses her as “borderline.”Malice Without Cause: James Lasdun’s Memoir of Being Stalked
February 10, 2013
One astutely muses about cognitive dissonance among the many conservative Republicans within the 47%.Reader Reactions to Randian Romney
September 18, 2012
One laddish website is astutely touting the news as a “happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.”The New Unsafe Sex
July 28, 2009
"Paul Irving washes his face every day of his own accord," said Anne astutely.Anne Of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery
"She doesn't need to have," said Mrs. Wistar promptly and astutely.Selina
George Madden Martin
“It was the ghost of your first wife,” asserted the old housekeeper, astutely.Daisy Brooks
Laura Jean Libbey
Louis-Philippe astutely shifted the responsibility to the public exchequer.Dumas' Paris
"He would not say any thing to you to-day if you were late," says Bobby, astutely.Nancy
- having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
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.