perspicacious

[ pur-spi-key-shuhs ]
/ ˌpɜr spɪˈkeɪ ʃəs /

adjective

having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning: to exhibit perspicacious judgment.
Archaic. having keen vision.

Nearby words

  1. persorption,
  2. perspective,
  3. perspectively,
  4. perspectivism,
  5. perspex,
  6. perspicaciously,
  7. perspicacity,
  8. perspicuity,
  9. perspicuous,
  10. perspicuously

Origin of perspicacious

First recorded in 1610–20; perspicaci(ty) + -ous

Related formsper·spi·ca·cious·ly, adverbper·spi·ca·cious·ness, noun

Can be confusedperspicacious perspicuous

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British Dictionary definitions for perspicacious

perspicacious

/ (ˌpɜːspɪˈkeɪʃəs) /

adjective

acutely perceptive or discerning
archaic having keen eyesight
Derived Formsperspicaciously, adverbperspicacity (ˌpɜːspɪˈkæsɪtɪ) or perspicaciousness, noun

Word Origin for perspicacious

C17: from Latin perspicax, from perspicere to look at closely; see perspective

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