Definition of sagacity in US English:



  • The quality of being sagacious.

    ‘a man of great political sagacity’
    • ‘Their gentleness and sagacity, their kindness to their wives and loyalty to their families has been misconstrued.’
    • ‘In 2002, FIFA's sagacity and wisdom was confirmed when teams from five different federations advanced to the quarter-finals.’
    • ‘The gym-cum-spa where I currently sweat has a habit of posting Motivational Quotes in unavoidable places - little drumbeats of sagacity, affixed over the water cooler.’
    • ‘It confirmed the popular conception that he's a man of strong convictions but limited political sagacity.’
    • ‘Then as now, such discussions were not merely descriptive; after all, intelligence and sagacity are no easier to pin down than is consciousness.’
    • ‘Many of our men of speculation, instead of exploding general prejudices, employ their sagacity to discover the latent wisdom which prevails in them.’
    • ‘She was the first Kerne to be wed to royalty, and she had brought with her the sense and sagacity seemingly born to all of that fleetstate.’
    • ‘He applauded their sense of humour, their sagacity, their enjoyment of beautiful things, and their immensely civilized love of culture and learning.’
    • ‘This difficulty was abolished by the kindness and sagacity of Mr Atkinson, who had been my adviser throughout.’
    • ‘While she brings experience and sagacity, such a slim volume on such large topic demands a few leaps of faith, notwithstanding the appended 56 pages of interesting notes and comments.’
    • ‘We have sometimes questioned the Bush administration's political sagacity, but I think it's safe to assume that they are nowhere near that dumb.’
    • ‘Her poems attest to her political sagacity and her lyrical mysticism.’
    • ‘Scientists, development agencies and policy-makers (and now of course the United Nations) seem to have derived their futuristic vision from the political sagacity of Mrs. Gandhi.’
    • ‘Despite the great sagacity of his intellect and leadership, it may have occurred to him that after all he was used.’
    • ‘My experience has been that when professionalism is perceptive and determined, governmental sagacity helps in conflict resolution both in India and Pakistan.’
    • ‘As the true sequence of events becomes plain, History revises our judgments in regard to political sagacity.’
    • ‘This is surprising because Tamil Nadu, though small, is respected for the intellectual strength, political sagacity, legal acumen and moral rectitude of its people.’
    • ‘Unlike the domesticated animal, whose chief characteristics are cowardice, stupidity, and apathy, the wild variety is remarkable for its sagacity and admirably developed senses.’
    • ‘As you can see all those people will go on to have happy, successful lives if they just follow my words of wisdom and sagacity.’
    • ‘Can we expect the IRA to behave with more political sagacity and give Trimble something more than begrudging and belated help as they have done over the past three years?’
    wisdom, insight, deep insight, intelligence, understanding, judgement, acuity, astuteness, sense, canniness, sharpness, depth, profundity, profoundness, perceptiveness, penetration, perception, percipience, perspicuity, discernment, erudition, learning, knowledgeability, thoughtfulness
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