- 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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- 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 unsagacious
c.1600, from Latin sagacem (nominative sagax) "of quick perception;" see sagacity. Related: Sagaciously.
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