[syn: judiciousness, sagacity, sagaciousness]
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):
n 1: the mental ability to understand and discriminate between
relations [syn: sagacity, sagaciousness, judgment,
2: the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and
evaluating [syn: judiciousness, sagacity,