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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perspicacious mean? 

  The adjective PERSPICACIOUS has 2 senses:

1. acutely insightful and wise
2. mentally acute or penetratingly discerning

  Familiarity information: PERSPICACIOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1perspicacious [BACK TO TOP]


Acutely insightful and wise


perspicacious; sagacious; sapient

Context examples:

much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument / observant and thoughtful, he was given to asking sagacious questions / a source of valuable insights and sapient advice to educators


wise (having or prompted by wisdom or discernment)

Sense 2perspicacious [BACK TO TOP]


Mentally acute or penetratingly discerning


clear-eyed; clear-sighted; perspicacious

Context examples:

too clear-eyed not to see what problems would follow / chaos could be prevented only by clear-sighted leadership / much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument


discerning (having or revealing keen insight and good judgment)

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