[ suh-gey-shuhs ]
/ səˈgeɪ ʃəs /


having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd: Socrates, that sagacious Greek philosopher, believed that the easiest way to learn was by asking questions.
Obsolete. having an acute sense of smell.


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Origin of sagacious

First recorded in 1600–10; sagaci(ty) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM sagacious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sagacious

/ (səˈɡeɪʃəs) /


having or showing sagacity; wise
obsolete (of hounds) having an acute sense of smell

Derived forms of sagacious

sagaciously, adverbsagaciousness, noun

Word Origin for sagacious

C17: from Latin sagāx, from sāgīre to be astute
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