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Acumen



keen insight; shrewdness:
remarkable acumen in business matters.
Contemporary Examples

She serves on the boards of the Sundance Institute, acumen Fund, VDAY, and Human Rights Watch.
2012 Summit: Who’s On Stage March 5, 2012

I have known him for 20 years and admire his audacity, acumen, and vision.
Q and A with Tina Brown The Daily Beast October 4, 2008

The lawyers are chosen not just for their acumen but also with an eye toward the filmic.
Celebrity Legal Eagles Rebecca Dana July 24, 2010

Yet the military—for all its monopoly of power—strangely lacks the acumen and competence that should guide power.
David’s Book Club: Pakistan, Between Mosque and Military David Frum April 22, 2012

Novogratz was shocked, since for acumen Fund to succeed, it’s vitally important that every single person pays back.
Philanthropy’s Transformer Liz Goodwin March 8, 2010

Historical Examples

If an open rupture were to be avoided (and he had profound faith in his father’s acumen), then Myra must remain in ignorance.
Brood of the Witch-Queen Sax Rohmer

She set too high value upon her acumen, upon the keenness of her instincts.
The Lion’s Skin Rafael Sabatini

Yet the old man’s confidence in the young man’s acumen was invulnerable.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

He was not disappointed, which he regarded as proof of acumen; but he was surprised by his surroundings.
Mixed Faces Roy Norton

Navarrete has done all that industry and acumen could do, and it is no fault of his if he has not given us what we want.
The History of Don Quixote, Vol. I, Complete Miguel de Cervantes

noun
the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
n.

1530s, from Latin acumen “a point, sting,” hence “mental sharpness, shrewdness,” from acuere “to sharpen” (see acuity).

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