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astute

[ uh-stoot, uh-styoot ]

adjective

  1. keenly perceptive or discerning; sagacious:

    an astute analysis.

    Synonyms: perceptive, quick, smart

  2. an astute merchandising program;

    an astute manipulation of facts.

    Synonyms: sly, wily, crafty, artful



astute

/ əˈstjuːt /

adjective

  1. having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd


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Derived Forms

  • asˈtuteness, noun
  • asˈtutely, adverb
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Other Words From

  • as·tute·ly adverb
  • as·tute·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of astute1

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin astūtus “shrewd, sly, cunning,” equivalent to astū- (stem of astus ) “cleverness” + -tus adjective suffix
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Word History and Origins

Origin of astute1

C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness
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Example Sentences

Mujahid has been astute about optics as well — a TV interview with a Taliban official was anchored by a woman journalist.

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Kjartansson is an astute artist, and his collaborators include some of Iceland’s most talented and creative composers and musicians.

They played the fool in the tragedy, although Shakespeare’s fools tended to be more astute.

My colleague Laura Bradley mentioned an astute observation to me.

Hardened into received wisdom, this presumption is now repeated even by astute contemporary observers.

His astute detente diplomacy with the Soviet Union, trying to make the world a safer place, gets high marks.

Sunday's World Cup final has the most astute soccer experts and eager bookies setting their odds on who will win.

This collection shows you just how complex and funny and astute she was from the start.

Enter the Taj Group, with its astute understanding of the needs of the well-heeled and the well-traveled.

In my teens, I could read smart, musically astute critics in many magazines and newspapers.

The astute judge had no witnesses, so he both fooled his wife and pleased himself, for his will was worthless.

Both astute gentlemen viewed the situation, and their alarm subsided.

A pause, the slightest in the world,—but the keen eye of the astute lawyer noted it, and his tone grew in severity and assurance.

It was at that time they displayed that astute and patiently Machiavellian policy, which finally led to their triumph.

The letter was unsigned, but the handwriting that of my astute agent, Sander.

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