perspicacious

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Etymology[edit]

First attested 1548, from Late Latin perspicācitās (discernment), from Latin perspicax (sharp-sighted), from perspiciō (look through), from per- (through) + speciō (look at). See also perspective.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌpɜː.spɪˈkeɪ.ʃəs/
  • (US) enPR: pûr'spĭ·kā'shəs, IPA(key): /ˌpɜːɹ.spɪˈkeɪ.ʃəs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃəs
  • Hyphenation: per‧spi‧ca‧cious

Adjective[edit]

perspicacious (comparative more perspicacious, superlative most perspicacious)

  1. (figuratively) Of acute discernment; having keen insight; mentally perceptive.
  2. (obsolete) Able to physically see clearly; quick-sighted; sharp-sighted.

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