acumen

If you have acumen, you are very sharp at what you do. You hope your accountant and your surgeon are both known for their acumen.

The noun acumen comes from the Latin word acumen, meaning “a point,” or “sting.” If you are able to make pointed decisions, if you have a sharp intellect, if you make good strategic moves, if you are successful in your field, or if your business instincts are spot-on, you have acumen. Even if you inherit an entire wholesale furniture dynasty from your grandfather, you could end up with nothing if you don’t have his business acumen.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: acumen

1
n
shrewdness shown by keen insight
2
n
a tapering point
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: acumen
1

n shrewdness shown by keen insight

Synonyms:
insightfulness
Type of:
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness
intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
2

n a tapering point

Type of:
enation, plant process
a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
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