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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sagacious mean? 

SAGACIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective SAGACIOUS has 2 senses:

1. acutely insightful and wise
2. skillful in statecraft or management

  Familiarity information: SAGACIOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SAGACIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1sagacious [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 2sagacious [BACK TO TOP]


Skillful in statecraft or management

Context example:

an astute and sagacious statesman


politic (marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness)

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