[uh-stoot, uh-styoot]


of keen penetration or discernment; sagacious: an astute analysis.
clever; cunning; ingenious; shrewd: an astute merchandising program; an astute manipulation of facts.

Origin of astute

1605–15; < Latin astūtus shrewd, sly, cunning, equivalent to astū- (stem of astus) cleverness + -tus adj. suffix
Related formsas·tute·ly, adverbas·tute·ness, noun

Synonyms for astute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for astutely

Contemporary Examples of astutely

Historical Examples of astutely

  • "Paul Irving washes his face every day of his own accord," said Anne astutely.

    Anne Of Avonlea

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • "She doesn't need to have," said Mrs. Wistar promptly and astutely.


    George Madden Martin

  • “It was the ghost of your first wife,” asserted the old housekeeper, astutely.

    Daisy Brooks

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • Louis-Philippe astutely shifted the responsibility to the public exchequer.

    Dumas' Paris

    Francis Miltoun

  • "He would not say any thing to you to-day if you were late," says Bobby, astutely.


    Rhoda Broughton

British Dictionary definitions for astutely



having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
Derived Formsastutely, adverbastuteness, noun

Word Origin for astute

C17: from Latin astūtus cunning, from astus (n) cleverness
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Word Origin and History for astutely



1610s, from Latin astutus "crafty, wary, shrewd; sagacious, expert," from astus "cunning, cleverness, adroitness," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Greek asty "town," a word borrowed into Latin and with an overtone of "city sophistication" (cf. asteism). Related: Astutely; astuteness.

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