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Friday, June 25, 1999

Definitions for acumen

  1. Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.

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Citations for acumen
With Leo's rare combination of editorial acumen and business know-how, he might have become a publishing giant had he not permitted his drinking and gambling to hold him back. Ellis Amburn, Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac
The family store gave him a sharp business acumen -- acquired, he would say, by manning the cash register -- that few of his rivals possessed. David Schiff, The Atlantic
Origin of acumen
Acumen comes from Latin acumen, "the sharp point of something; sharpness of understanding; cunning," from acuere, "to sharpen."