keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters.
- a·cu·mi·nous [uh-kyoo-muh-nuhs], /əˈkyu mə nəs/, adjective
- un·a·cu·mi·nous, adjective
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How to use acumen in a sentence
Leaning on his own fabled business acumen, the American premier has also demanded that his government receive a portion of any final sale price.China may kill TikTok’s U.S. operations rather than see them sold | Alex Wilhelm | September 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
I’ve read casually over the years about the controversy over Noam Chomsky’s “universal grammar,” and was anxious to get Adger’s take, which he offered with easygoing acumen.Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Kevin Berger | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
The ballad cares that Mulan is a strong and brave warrior, but it doesn’t care enough about her acumen as a soldier to spend time enumerating her deeds.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie | Constance Grady | September 4, 2020 | Vox
For more than 40 years, she has used her business acumen and passion for LGBTQ equality and acceptance to build two successful companies and contribute to landmark achievements nationally and internationally in the area of LGBTQ rights.
Those who occupy positions of power, despite their early acumen at a younger age, now seem to have completely lost their ability to understand others around them.
It was his business acumen, his own unflagging zeal for the creative business solution, that had freed Sam to do this.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ | Peter Guralnick | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
John Jenkins describes Miller as an “incisive witness both to scientific acumen and religious belief.”Meet the Prizewinning Catholic Biologist Creationists Can’t Stand | Karl W. Giberson | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From Solyndra to HealthCare.gov, his tech-strategy acumen leaves a bit to be desired.Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: It’s Time to Build an Arsenal of Awe | Lloyd Green | December 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Doug seems to have avoided any apparent use of drugs and was now applying his considerable business acumen to selling labels.
They say a strong business acumen and entrepreneurial fire have always separated him from his peers.
Moreover, he held strong views on men and movements, and his criticisms told of a man of more than ordinary intellectual acumen.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
It did not seem at all likely that a man of Mr. Bidlake's experience and mental acumen could have been so deceived.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
This intellectual subtlety, acumen, and logical power the Brahmans never lost.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
This covers up also a good deal of business acumen, shrewdness, and secretiveness which is not so childlike and bland.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
She admired the acumen that had seized the perfect opportunity to thank her for the violets, the badge of the Great Emperor.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for acumen
the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
- acuminous, adjective
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