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sagacious +‎ -ly


sagaciously (comparative more sagaciously, superlative most sagaciously)

  1. In a sagacious manner, in a way that is clever, shrewd, observant, keen of intellect or discernment, cunning or with ability and aptitude; sagely.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Volume 3, Letter 37, pp. 189-190,[1]
      Who could forbear smiling, to see my charmer, like a farcical dean and chapter, choose what was before chosen for her; and sagaciously (as they go in form to prayers, that God would direct their choice) pondering upon the different proposals, as if she would make me believe, she has a mind for some other?
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 130,[2]
      But if these suspicions were really his, he sagaciously refrained from verbally expressing them, however his actions might seem to hint them.
    • 1876, Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark, London: Macmillan, Fit 4, pp. 43-44,[3]
      “Introduce me, now there’s a good fellow,” he said,
      “If we happen to meet it together!”
      And the Bellman, sagaciously nodding his head,
      Said “That must depend on the weather.”
    • 1926, “Flame but no Fire,” Time, 8 November, 1926,[4]
      At present Joseph Stalin, astute, sagaciously “conservative,” has seen fit to squelch such activities.