[ suh-gas-i-tee ]
/ səˈgæs ɪ ti /


acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment.

Nearby words

  1. sag rod,
  2. sag wagon,
  3. saga,
  4. sagacious,
  5. sagaciously,
  6. sagami sea,
  7. sagamihara,
  8. sagamore,
  9. sagan,
  10. sagan, carl edward

Origin of sagacity

1540–50; < Latin sagācitās wisdom, equivalent to sagāci- (stem of sagāx) wise (akin to seek) + -tās -ty2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sagacity


/ (səˈɡæsɪtɪ) /


foresight, discernment, or keen perception; ability to make good judgments
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Word Origin and History for sagacity



c.1500, from Middle French sagacité, from Latin sagacitatem (nominative sagacitas) "keenness of perception, quality of being acute," from sagax (genitive sagacis) "of quick perception, acute," related to sagus "prophetic," sagire "perceive keenly," from PIE root *sag- "to track down, trace, seek" (cf. Old English secan "to seek;" see seek). Also used 17c.-18c. of animals, meaning "acute sense of smell."

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