perspicacity

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌpɜːrspɪˈkæsɪti/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌpɝspɪˈkæsɪti/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(pûr′spi kasi tē)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
per•spi•cac•i•ty  (pûr′spi kasi tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. keenness of mental perception and understanding;
    discernment;
    penetration.
  2. [Archaic.]keen vision.
  • Late Latin perspicācitās sharpness of sight, equivalent. to perspicāci- (stem of perspicāx sharp-sighted; see perspicuous) + -tās -ty2
  • earlier perspicacite 1540–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged shrewdness, acuity, astuteness, insight, acumen. See  perspicuity. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged obtuseness.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
per•spi•ca•cious /ˌpɜrspɪˈkeɪʃəs/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. having sharp ability to understand something; discerning.
per•spi•ca•cious•ly, adv. 
per•spi•cac•i•ty /ˌpɜrspɪˈkæsɪti/USA pronunciation   per•spi•ca•cious•ness, n. [uncountable]See -spec-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
per•spi•ca•cious  (pûr′spi kāshəs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. having keen mental perception and understanding;
    discerning:to exhibit perspicacious judgment.
  2. [Archaic.]having keen vision.
per′spi•cacious•ly, adv. 
per′spi•cacious•ness, n. 
  • perspicaci(ty) + -ous 1610–20
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged perceptive, acute, shrewd, penetrating.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dull, stupid.

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