[uh-kyoo-muh n, ak-yuh-]
- 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
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Related Words for acuminoussharp, barbed, acute, pointed, peaked, keen, acuminate, fine, cornered, salient, tapering, taper, wedged, piercing, jagged, horned, honed, gnawing, shooting
- the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
Word Origin for acumen
C16: from Latin: sharpness, from acuere to sharpen, from acus needle
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1530s, from Latin acumen "a point, sting," hence "mental sharpness, shrewdness," from acuere "to sharpen" (see acuity).
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