perspicacious

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

adjective

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

QUIZZES

HEED THE VOX POPULI, AND TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Test your memory on these verbal firecrackers from the week of June 29 to July 5!
Question 1 of 7
anchorite

Origin of perspicacious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM perspicacious

per·spi·ca·cious·ly, adverbper·spi·ca·cious·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perspicacious

perspicacious perspicuous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for perspicacious

British Dictionary definitions for perspicacious

perspicacious
/ (ˌpɜːspɪˈkeɪʃəs) /

adjective

acutely perceptive or discerning
archaic having keen eyesight

Derived forms of perspicacious

perspicaciously, adverbperspicacity (ˌpɜːspɪˈkæsɪtɪ) or perspicaciousness, noun

Word Origin for perspicacious

C17: from Latin perspicax, from perspicere to look at closely; see perspective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012