meaning of acumen

acumen meaning in General Dictionary

Quickness of perception or discernment penetration of head the professors of nice discrimination

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  • shrewdness shown by keen insight
  • a tapering point
  • Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of good discrimination.

acumen meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, from Latin acumen "a place, sting," for this reason "mental sharpness, shrewdness," from acuere "to hone" (see acuity).


acumen meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the professors of good discrimination.


Sentence Examples with the word acumen

He speedily outstripped all his competitors in grammatical studies, and by his skill and acumen as a student of philosophy, and in the college disputations gave fruitful promise of that consummate excellence as a reasoner in the department of speculative truth which he afterwards displayed.

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