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acumen

[ uh-kyoo-muhn, ak-yuh- ]
/ əˈkyu mən, ˈæk yə- /
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noun

keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters.

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Origin of acumen

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

OTHER WORDS FROM acumen

a·cu·mi·nous [uh-kyoo-muh-nuhs], /əˈkyu mə nəs/, adjectiveun·a·cu·mi·nous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acumen

acumen
/ (ˈækjʊˌmɛn, əˈkjuːmən) /

noun

the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight

Derived forms of acumen

acuminous, adjective

Word Origin for acumen

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