sagacity


sagacity
sagacity c.1500, from O.Fr. sagacité, from L. sagacitatem (nom. sagacitas) "quality of being acute," from sagax (gen. sagacis) "of quick perception," related to sagus "prophetic," sagire "perceive keenly," from PIE root *sag- "to track down, trace, seek" (Cf. O.E. secan "to seek;" see SEEK (Cf. seek)). Also used 17c.-18c. of animals, meaning "acute sense of smell."

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  • Sagacity — Sa*gac i*ty, n. [L. sagacitas. See {Sagacious}.] The quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment or penetration with soundness of judgment; shrewdness. [1913 Webster] Some [brutes] show that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sagacity — I noun acuity, acumen, acuteness, apperception, arguteness, astuteness, awareness, brilliance, clear thinking, clear thought, cleverness, comprehension, discernment, discrimination, excellent judgment, farsightedness, foresight, genius, good… …   Law dictionary

  • sagacity — [n] wisdom acumen, astuteness, brains*, clear thinking, common sense, comprehension, discernment, discrimination, enlightenment, experience, foresight, good judgment, insight, intelligence, judgment, knowledge, levelheadedness, perceptiveness,… …   New thesaurus

  • sagacity — [sə gas′ə tē] n. pl. sagacities [Fr sagacité < L sagacitas] the quality or an instance of being sagacious; penetrating intelligence and sound judgment …   English World dictionary

  • sagacity — n. the sagacity to + inf. (she had the sagacity to diversify her investments) * * * [sə gæsɪtɪ] the sagacity to + inf. (she had the sagacity to diversify her investments) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sagacity — [[t]səgæ̱sɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Sagacity is the quality of being sagacious. [FORMAL] ...a man of great sagacity and immense experience. Syn: wisdom …   English dictionary

  • sagacity — sagacious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing good judgement. DERIVATIVES sagaciously adverb sagacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin sagax wise …   English terms dictionary

  • sagacity — noun Date: 15th century the quality of being sagacious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sagacity — /seuh gas i tee/, n. acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment. [1540 50; < L sagacitas wisdom, equiv. to sagaci (s. of sagax) wise (akin to SEEK) + tas TY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • sagacity — noun sə.ˈgeɪ.sɪ.ti The quality of being sage, wise, or able to make good decisions. See Also: sagacious …   Wiktionary


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