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sagacious Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite acutely insightful and wise
    perspicacious; sapient.
    • much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument
    • observant and thoughtful, he was given to asking sagacious questions
    • a source of valuable insights and sapient advice to educators
  2. adjective satellite skillful in statecraft or management
    • an astute and sagacious statesman

Sa*ga"cious adjective
L. sagax, sagacis, akin to sagire to perceive quickly or keenly, and probably to E. seek. See Seek, and cf. Presage.
  1. Of quick sense perceptions; keen-scented; skilled in following a trail.
    Sagacious of his quarry from so far. Milton.
  2. Hence, of quick intellectual perceptions; of keen penetration and judgment; discerning and judicious; knowing; far-sighted; shrewd; sage; wise; as, a sagacious man; a sagacious remark.
    Instinct . . . makes them, many times, sagacious above our apprehension. Dr. H. More.
    Only sagacious heads light on these observations, and reduce them into general propositions. Locke.
    Syn. -- See Shrewd. -- Sa*ga"cious*ly, adv. -- Sa-ga"cious*ness, n.

Webster 1913