Quickness of perception or discernment penetration of head the professors of nice discrimination
- shrewdness shown by keen insight
- a tapering point
- Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of good discrimination.
1530s, from Latin acumen "a place, sting," for this reason "mental sharpness, shrewdness," from acuere "to hone" (see acuity).
(n.) Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the professors of good discrimination.
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.