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Dictionary Information: Definition Sagacious
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Description and Meaning: Sagacity

  Sagacious (Sa*ga"cious) (?), a.
[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.

Synonyms -- See Shrewd.

-- Sa*ga"cious*ly, adv. -- Sa-ga"cious*ness, n.

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