- keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration.
- Archaic. keen vision.
Origin of perspicacity
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Related Words for perspicacityperception, discrimination, understanding, acumen, penetration, shrewdness, discernment
Examples from the Web for perspicacity
Historical Examples of perspicacity
I am not in the least disconcerted by this display of perspicacity.Notes on My Books
Your reading of my character does honour to your perspicacity.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
The dear woman had known nothing of the kind and her perspicacity amazed her.The Paliser case
He stopped there with such an air of triumph and perspicacity that I was angry with him.In Direst Peril
David Christie Murray
Yet the perspicacity that he seldom wanted failed him at that moment.Lectures on the French Revolution
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
1540s, from Middle French perspicacité (15c.) and directly from Late Latin perspicacitas "sharp-sightedness, discernment," from Latin perspicax "sharp-sighted, having the power of seeing through," from perspicere "look through, look closely at" (see perspective).