- having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd: a sagacious lawyer.
- Obsolete. keen of scent.
Origin of sagacious
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1. wise, sage, discerning, clever, intelligent, judicious, acute, sharp, keen, perspicacious.
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Examples from the Web for sagacious
When storm clouds start to form, sagacious leaders deal with them before things get out of hand.Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 4, 2014
The sagacious lady may possibly be as curious in this point as her Lovelace.
Yet this vanity may be a mean, perhaps, to overthrow me with this sagacious lady.
"I know that thing," he muttered to himself, with a sagacious jerk of the head.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
As a statesman he was prudent, wise, sagacious, far-seeing and true.
George was a “deep, sagacious file,” who studied men like books.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
- having or showing sagacity; wise
- obsolete (of hounds) having an acute sense of smell
C17: from Latin sagāx, from sāgīre to be astute
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Word Origin and History for sagacious
c.1600, from Latin sagacem (nominative sagax) "of quick perception;" see sagacity. Related: Sagaciously.
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