Definition of sagacious in English:



  • Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgement; wise or shrewd.

    ‘they were sagacious enough to avoid any outright confrontation’
    • ‘And Detective Coyle said it the best the other day in court, under oath, he was pretty sagacious, when he said the only one I can eliminate is himself.’
    • ‘Animals civilise a building, and it is a pity that Mrs Blair, no cat-lover, was blamed for the dismissal of Humphrey, a dignified and sagacious mouser.’
    • ‘He's buzzing with ideas, opinions and sagacious thoughts.’
    • ‘Yesterday, we were amazed when the sagacious Digby praised this post from John Aravosis.’
    • ‘In such a state, he persisted in the belief that Confederate victory was possible long after even the least sagacious of his advisers had accepted defeat as inevitable.’
    • ‘This is a profound practice performed by sagacious sannyasins especially.’
    • ‘At one point, a particularly sagacious observation was shouted out in a distinctive Texas lilt right behind me and I realized I'd been sitting two feet away from Sam the whole time without realizing it.’
    • ‘Edwards is passionate and genuine, Kerry smooth and sagacious; if they simply speak naturally, and not from a list of talking points, they will persuade voters.’
    • ‘If, as many true-blue Tories believe, Canadians are at heart a conservative, sagacious people in need of honest leadership, the party will find success at the polls on its own terms.’
    • ‘‘He joined a team that was already doing well,’ the sagacious Frenchman added.’
    • ‘Where has this sagacious highbrow been all our lives?’
    • ‘Stanley Kubrick's sagacious adaptation of Anthony Burgess' controversial novel assaults the screen with snakes, Ludwig van, and more than a bit of the old ultra-violence.’
    • ‘John Kerry is sagacious and experienced, but he has an elitist sounding accent that will make it impossible for him to win a national campaign in the media age.’
    • ‘The sagacious Hugh Hewitt explains the importance of the election.’
    • ‘Instead of protecting his son, he is obsessed with wiping out the man who murdered his wife, despite John Rooney's sagacious observation that Mike is nothing more than a murderer himself.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, the sagacious and shrewdly written new column entitled ‘Nightmarch’ is hidden away at the bottom of the antepenultimate page.’
    • ‘He was wise and sagacious, but prone to dissension and his spirit was that of calmness under fire.’
    • ‘Yet the interminable self-contemplation, articulate and sagacious though it is, proves to be a bit too much of a good thing, and this gray, humorless, dispassionate novel eventually sinks under the weight of it all.’
    • ‘Sharansky is not infallible, but he is probably the most sagacious voice in Israeli politics today.’
    • ‘But the sagacious Kerry O'Brien, well-known for his archival knowledge in such matters, did advise that there was some debate about the most reliable sources for evidence about the Australian frontier.’
    wise, clever, intelligent, showing great knowledge, with great knowledge, knowledgeable, sensible, sage
    discerning, judicious, canny, penetrating, perceptive, acute, astute, shrewd, prudent, politic, thoughtful, full of insight, insightful, percipient, perspicacious, philosophical, profound, deep
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Early 17th century: from Latin sagax, sagac- wise + -ious.