Definition of perspicacious in English:



  • Having a ready insight into and understanding of things.

    ‘it offers quite a few facts to the perspicacious reporter’
    • ‘This former town librarian was perspicacious in acquiring paintings by Jack B. Yeats and his circle.’
    • ‘He has written the most complete, perspicacious, and moving book that has been published to date on the Francoist repression.’
    • ‘Granted, she did the same, but in a more perspicacious, subtle way, one that didn't scream ‘Look at me, I did a good job!’’
    • ‘The feline anecdote was just one of a number of insights so perspicacious they subsequently acted as threads throughout the rest of the conference.’
    • ‘Even more likely, it could be deliberate misdirection, a Nabokovian wink the author shares with the reader perspicacious enough to call his bluff.’
    • ‘Physically small, these works are less about bold noise than intimate nuance, which demands a perspicacious eye.’
    • ‘I was just wondering if maybe my perspicacious words had finally ruffled the princess's feathers.’
    • ‘Would the webmaster like to comment on why my posting in this thread, which I considered to be insightful and perspicacious, was deleted?’
    • ‘If only our parents could have been perspicacious enough to see our talent and force us into showbiz.’
    • ‘I believe that, being quite perspicacious and witnessing his friends and coworkers being arrested, he understood clearly that he would not be spared for long.’
    • ‘His book is an engaging and perspicacious exploration of the many facets, in Britain and abroad, of the old amateur game.’
    • ‘I am perspicacious enough to reconcile the fact that not all of you fine people share my perspective.’
    • ‘If only the writer had stepped out of his own sport and background and viewed it more impersonally, then he could have written something a little more engaging and perspicacious.’
    • ‘The point is elaborated by the perspicacious professor a little later.’
    • ‘The fears expressed by this perspicacious mouthpiece of the French ruling class are far from exaggerated.’
    • ‘In a quieter way, it shows how a man perspicacious enough to see these faults in his former comrades can fail to see them still lurking within himself.’
    • ‘The author of the newsletter was a perspicacious young lass.’
    • ‘But you're not going to be reading this book for any perspicacious insight into the human condition.’
    • ‘Second, I regularly have lunch with a few perspicacious psychologists and faculty members in other disciplines.’
    • ‘She could tell, perspicacious as she was, that Harriet was dying to tell her something but needed the information to be directly elicited.’
    astute, sharp-witted, sharp, acute, intelligent, clever, alert, canny, media-savvy, perceptive, observant, discriminating, sagacious, sage, wise, far-seeing, far-sighted
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Early 17th century: from Latin perspicax, perspicac- seeing clearly + -acious.