|Sagacity (Sa*gac"i*ty) (?), n.
[L. sagacitas. See Sagacious.]
The quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment or penetration with soundness of judgment; shrewdness. "Some [brutes] show that nice sagacity of smell." Cowper. "Natural sagacity improved by generous education." V. Knox.
Synonyms -- Penetration; shrewdness; judiciousness. -- Sagacity, Penetration. Penetration enables us to enter into the depths of an abstruse subject, to detect motives, plans, etc. Sagacity adds to penetration a keen, practical judgment, which enables one to guard against the designs of others, and to turn everything to the best possible advantage.
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