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perspicacious (adj) – Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Perspicacious is similar in meaning to shrewd and astute, but a sharp mind will also discern subtle differences among them. All three denote being acute in perception and sound in judgment, but shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness, whereas perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and comprehend what is puzzling or hidden. Astute suggests both shrewdness and perspicacity, as well as diplomatic skill.

1630s, formed as an adjective to perspicacity, from Latin perspicax “sharp-sighted, having the power of seeing through; acute,” from perspicere “look through, look closely at” from per “through” (from PIE root *per- “forward,” hence “through”) + specere “look at” (from PIE root *spek- “to observe”).

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