- acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment.
Origin of sagacity
Examples from the Web for sagacity
The Scotch officer admired his sagacity in detecting this adventurer.
After the incident of the birds and cage, my sagacity was for some time at fault.
I do believe your sagacity did not deceive you; for some such thing occurred!The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
And yet the only magic has been her vigilance, her courage, her sagacity.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
I had a view, moreover, to give her an high opinion of her own sagacity.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- foresight, discernment, or keen perception; ability to make good judgments
Word Origin and History for sagacity
c.1500, from Middle French sagacité, from Latin sagacitatem (nominative sagacitas) "keenness of perception, quality of being acute," from sagax (genitive sagacis) "of quick perception, acute," related to sagus "prophetic," sagire "perceive keenly," from PIE root *sag- "to track down, trace, seek" (cf. Old English secan "to seek;" see seek). Also used 17c.-18c. of animals, meaning "acute sense of smell."