1. [syn: perspicacious, sagacious, sapient]
2. skillful in statecraft or management;
- Example: "an astute and sagacious statesman"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sagacious \Sa*ga"cious\, a. [L. sagax, sagacis, akin to sagire
to perceive quickly or keenly, and probably to E. seek. See
Seek, and cf. Presage.]
1. Of quick sense perceptions; keen-scented; skilled in
following a trail.
Sagacious of his quarry from so far. --Milton.
2. Hence, of quick intellectual perceptions; of keen
penetration and judgment; discerning and judicious;
knowing; far-sighted; shrewd; sage; wise; as, a sagacious
man; a sagacious remark.
Instinct . . . makes them, many times, sagacious
above our apprehension. --Dr. H. More.
Only sagacious heads light on these observations,
and reduce them into general propositions. --Locke.
Syn: See Shrewd.
[1913 Webster] -- Sa*ga"cious*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: acutely insightful and wise; "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" [syn: perspicacious, sagacious, sapient]
2: skillful in statecraft or management; "an astute and
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "sagacious":
acute, all-knowing, anticipant, anticipatory, apperceptive,
appercipient, apprehending, apprehensive, argute, astute, aware,
blase, cagey, clairvoyant, clever, cogent, cognizant, cosmopolitan,
cosmopolite, critical, discerning, discriminating, divinatory,
experienced, far-seeing, farseeing, farsighted, forehanded,
foreknowing, foreseeing, foresighted, forethoughted,
forethoughtful, gnostic, heady, incisive, insightful, intelligent,
intuitive, judicious, knowing, knowledgeable, longheaded,
longsighted, mature, matured, mindful, not born yesterday, old,
omniscient, penetrating, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious,
perspicuous, piercing, practiced, precognitive, precognizant,
prehensile, prepared, prescient, provident, providential, prudent,
ready, ripe, ripened, sage, sapient, savvy, seasoned, sensible,
shrewd, smart, sophic, sophisticated, trenchant, tried,
tried and true, understanding, veteran, wise, world-wise, worldly,