sagacity

If you are wise and prone to evaluating information before making a decision, you possess sagacity, the trait of solid judgment and intelligent choices. And if that is indeed the case, then good for you! We need more sound thinkers.

The Latin word sagācitās is the great-granddaddy of our word sagacity, giving it the meaning "wisdom." Just remember that it contains the word "sage," which means "wise one" — our wise ancestors were called "Sages." But before we get too puffed up, we need to remember that in the 17th and 18th Centuries, sagacity meant "the acute sense of smell in animals." How humbling. Still, if you display sagacity, you can sniff out a good idea from a bad one.

DEFINITIONS OF: sagacity

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n the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

Synonyms:
discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness
Types:
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eye
good discernment (either visually or as if visually)
common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense
sound practical judgment
judiciousness
good judgment
circumspection, discreetness, discretion, prudence
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
indiscreetness, injudiciousness
lacking good judgment
logic
reasoned and reasonable judgment
nous
common sense
road sense
good judgment in avoiding trouble or accidents on the road
confidentiality
discretion in keeping secret information
care, caution, forethought, precaution
judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
Type of:
sapience, wisdom
ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

n the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating

Synonyms:
judiciousness, sagaciousness
Type of:
wisdom, wiseness
the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
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