Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness. See Synonyms at shrewd.

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  • adj. Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of quick sense perceptions; keen-scented; skilled in following a trail.
  • adj. Hence, of quick intellectual perceptions; of keen penetration and judgment; discerning and judicious; knowing; far-sighted; shrewd; sage; wise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Keenly perceptive; discerning, as by some exceptionally developed or extraordinary natural power; especially, keen of scent: with of.
  • Exhibiting or marked by keen intellectual discernment, especially of human motives and actions; having or proceeding from penetration into practical affairs in general; having keen practical sense; acute in discernment or penetration; discerning and judicious; shrewd: as, a sagacious mind.
  • Intelligent; endowed with sagacity.
  • Synonyms and Sage, Knowing, etc. (see astute); perspicacious, clear-sighted, long-headed, sharp-witted, intelligent, well-judged, sensible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. skillful in statecraft or management
  • adj. acutely insightful and wise

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin sagāx, sagāc-, of keen perception; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.

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Coined between 1600 and 1610 from sagacity +‎ -ous

Examples

  • All the more perhaps for that, she was born sagacious, which is

    Erema

  • Wise business management, and more particularly what is spoken of as safe and sane business management, therefore, reduces itself in the main to a sagacious use of sabotage; that is to say a sagacious limitation of productive processes to something less than the productive capacity of the means in hand.

    An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation

  • He was a man of large wealth, and well known as a sagacious financier.

    Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

  • All the more perhaps for that, she was born sagacious, which is a less pleasing, but, in a bitter pinch, a more really useful, quality.

    Erema — My Father's Sin

  • Forty years after Benjamin worked in Palmer's printing-office, he visited England in the service of his country, widely known as a sagacious statesman and profound philosopher.

    The Printer Boy. Or How Benjamin Franklin Made His Mark. An Example for Youth.

  • At least it could hardly be called sagacious generalship on the part of the stadholder.

    History of the United Netherlands, 1597-98

  • Certain it is that the maid's speech communicated a suspicion to the mind of Amelia which the behaviour of the serjeant did not tend to remove: what that is, the sagacious readers may likewise probably suggest to themselves; if not, they must wait our time for disclosing it.

    Amelia — Complete

  • (as it is the fashion to call the sagacious straitness) of the abler men who knew how to root the English stock firmly in this new soil on either side of him, his little plantation could never have existed, and he himself would have been remembered only, if at all, as one of the jarring atoms in a chaos of otherwise-mindedness.

    Among My Books First Series

  • a prominent position, and was known as a sagacious counsellor, a persuasive speaker, a ready and effective debater, and a good steady worker on Committees.

    An Algonquin Maiden A Romance of the Early Days of Upper Canada

  • And _All elephants are sagacious_ does not limit sagacity to elephants: regarding 'sagacious' as possibly denoting many animals of many species that exhibit the quality, this proposition is equivalent to '_All elephants are_ some _sagacious animals_.'

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

Comments

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  • Relates to the noun sage.

    July 24, 2015

  • "The sagacious reader will not from this simile imagine these poor people had any apprehension of the design with which Mrs. Wilkins was now coming towards them; but as the great beauty of the simile may possibly sleep these hundred years, till some future commentator shall take this work in hand, I think proper to lend the reader a little assistance in this place."

    - Henry Fielding, 'The History of Tom Jones'.

    September 8, 2009

  • Nice wordie but your mishap was not sagacious but innocuous. Could you have spelled that? :)

    December 23, 2008

  • Here's a fun little anecdote I found on MyFavoriteWord.com, by Sheila Confer:

    "I was an outstanding speller in my youth. In seventh grade I won the school wide spelling test and got to go all the way to Pittsburgh, PA for a regional final. Out of 700 (probably more like 30) children, I survived until the final three. My word? Sagacious: Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness. I spelled it "s-E-g-a-c-i-o-u-s."

    It is my favorite word for two reasons. One, I will never forget how to spell it, and two, the winner of the contest had to spell tulle: A fine, often starched net of silk, rayon, or nylon, used especially for veils, tutus, or gowns. I would have surely spelled it t-o-o-l and been embarrassed for life. It was therefore very sagacious of me to misspell sagacious...right?"

    September 30, 2007

  • sagacious : perspicacious

    August 29, 2007