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sharp-sightedness

Definitions

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

  • n. sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail (usually measured by a Snellen chart)
  • n. lively attentiveness

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Examples

  • Like many other great men of his age, he has read the authors of Greece and Rome in a spirit that has identified him with their thoughts and feelings, by taking into account the circumstances of their times; and the result has been, that he has exchanged the formalities and critical sharp-sightedness of acquaintance for the intimacy of friendship.

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850

  • It is only natural that there should be peculiarities in the construction of the limbs and skulls of the Dipodidea with their bird-like movements and bird-like sharp-sightedness, that are usually found only among birds.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 841, February 13, 1892

  • Desire for a present itself became subservient to anxiety for the credit of her own sharp-sightedness and intuition.

    A College Girl

  • Mazarin's sharp-sightedness -- either by their incessant and elaborately-concerted intrigues with the Queen, to force her to abandon

    Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Mrs Nickleby was commonly in the habit of giving herself credit for a pretty tolerable share of penetration and acuteness, but she had never felt so satisfied with her own sharp-sightedness as she did that day.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • These stern judges push the gift of exactitude, the genius of inquisition, the sharp-sightedness of lynxes, the perspicacity of account-books to the point of going over all the additions in search of subtractions.

    Bureaucracy

  • I spoke of them to T---, who says, that undoubtedly G---'s account of the exhibitions is true in substance, but that it is his own sharp-sightedness which causes him to see them so offensively; for that ninety-nine out of the hundred in the world would deem an evening spent at the conversations of Sir Joseph Bankes a very high intellectual treat.

    The Ayrshire Legatees, or, the Pringle family

  • Foreigners, as well as the citizens of America, could then reasonably repose confidence in its engagements; but to depend upon a government that must itself depend upon thirteen other governments for the means of fulfilling its contracts, when once its situation is clearly understood, would require a degree of credulity not often to be met with in the pecuniary transactions of mankind, and little reconcilable with the usual sharp-sightedness of avarice.

    The Federalist Papers

  • "The supreme leader's sharp-sightedness caused the parliament to change its assessments,"

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