If you devote long hours to the arts of attention and analysis, you might develop the perspicacity required to become a really good detective.

Perspicacity comes from the Latin word for penetrating sight. If you have perspicacity, you are good at discerning what is really going on where others might only see surface clues. Perspicacity is a quality that many professionals need, from detectives to doctors to therapists. If someone is perspicacious, we might also say they have a "shrewd mind," or a "keen intelligence."

Definitions of perspicacity

n the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions

judgement, judgment, sound judgement, sound judgment
objectiveness, objectivity
judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices
subjectiveness, subjectivity
judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts
Type of:
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

n intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

astuteness, perspicaciousness, shrewdness
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craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
acumen, insightfulness
shrewdness shown by keen insight
shrewdness demonstrated by knowledge
street smarts
a shrewd ability to survive in a dangerous urban environment
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the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

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