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[in-sahyt-fuh l]
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  1. characterized by or displaying insight; perceptive.
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Origin of insightful

First recorded in 1905–10; insight + -ful
Related formsin·sight·ful·ly, adverbin·sight·ful·ness, noun
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Related Words for insightful

penetrating, shrewd, astute, sharp, intelligent, smart, alert, awake, aware, brainy, conscious, cute, discerning, intuitive, keen, knowing, knowledgeable, observant, quick, responsive

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  • As if she had been guilty of thoughts too insightful, Mrs. Pendyce blushed.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

Word Origin and History for insightful


1881, from insight + -ful. Related: Insightfully; insightfulness.

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