[ uh-kyoo-muh n, ak-yuh- ]
/ əˈkyu mən, ˈæk yə- /


keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters.

Origin of acumen

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

Related forms

a·cu·mi·nous [uh-kyoo-muh-nuh s] /əˈkyu mə nəs/, adjectiveun·a·cu·mi·nous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for acumen


/ (ˈækjʊˌmɛn, əˈkjuːmən) /


the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight

Derived Forms

acuminous, adjective

Word Origin for acumen

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