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
  1. noun
    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
    synonyms: discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness
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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
  2. noun
    the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
    synonyms: judiciousness, sagaciousness
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    type of:
    wisdom, wiseness
    the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
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