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shrewd +‎ -ness



shrewdness (countable and uncountable, plural shrewdnesses)

  1. The quality of being shrewd.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “The Interview”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 245:
      A man with less worldly shrewdness would never have seen how things really stood; a man with less pliability could never have adapted himself to them. It must always be remembered, that his whole administration was one long struggle: he had to maintain his master on the throne, and himself in the ministry; and this was done by sheer force of talent.
  2. An invented collective name for a group of apes.