acumen

[uh-kyoo-muh n, ak-yuh-]

noun

keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters.

Nearby words

  1. acuate,
  2. acuff,
  3. acuity,
  4. aculeate,
  5. aculeus,
  6. acuminate,
  7. acupoint,
  8. acupressure,
  9. acupuncture,
  10. acupuncturist

Origin of acumen

1525–35; < Latin acūmen sharpness, equivalent to acū- (stem of acuere to sharpen; see acute) + -men noun suffix

Related formsa·cu·mi·nous [uh-kyoo-muh-nuh s] /əˈkyu mə nəs/, adjectiveun·a·cu·mi·nous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for acumen

acumen

noun

the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
Derived Formsacuminous, adjective

Word Origin for acumen

C16: from Latin: sharpness, from acuere to sharpen, from acus needle

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Word Origin and History for acumen

acumen

n.

1530s, from Latin acumen "a point, sting," hence "mental sharpness, shrewdness," from acuere "to sharpen" (see acuity).

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