- 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
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Examples from the Web for astuteness
He has developed the astuteness of the devil, the open sincerity of a saint.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
His astuteness was slipping from him, even while he bragged of it.The Huntress
But the astuteness of my veteran circumvented all these plans.Captain Canot
The value of astuteness is that it protects us from the astute.
The astuteness of William of Orange had in this instance been deceived.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74
John Lothrop Motley
- having insight or acumen; perceptive; shrewd
Word Origin and History for astuteness
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.