Acuity is sharpness or clearness of vision, hearing, or thought.
Acumen is the ability to make quick decisions and keen, precise judgments.
When you describe someone as astute, you think they quickly understand situations or behavior and use it to their advantage.
The word cerebral refers to the brain and/or its intellectual capability.
A clairvoyant person believes that they can predict the future or communicate with the spirits of the dead.
Cognitive describes those things related to judgment, memory, and other mental processes of knowing.
When you discern something, you notice, detect, or understand it, often after thinking about it carefully or studying it for some time.
When people equivocate, they avoid making a clear statement; they are deliberately vague in order to avoid giving a direct answer to a question.
When you act in an imprudent fashion, you do something that is unwise, is lacking in good judgment, or has no forethought.
If an idea or thought is incisive, it is expressed in a penetrating and knowledgeable manner that is clear and brief; additionally, it can demonstrate impressive understanding of related ideas or thoughts.
The intelligentsia of a society are those individuals who are the most highly educated.
Someone who is irresolute is unable to decide what to do.
If you describe ideas as jejune, you are saying they are childish and uninteresting; the adjective jejune also describes those having little experience, maturity, or knowledge.
A judicious person shows good or sound judgment because they are wise and careful in making decisions.
Malaise is a feeling of discontent, general unease, or even illness in a person or group for which there does not seem to be a quick and easy solution because the cause of it is not clear.
Something mediocre is average or ordinary in quality; it’s just OK.
A misapprehension is a misunderstanding or false impression that you are under, especially concerning another person’s intentions towards you.
A myopic person is unable to visualize the long-term negative consequences of their current actions; rather, they are narrowly focused upon short-term results.
If someone is naive, they are too trusting of others; they don’t have enough experience in life to know whom to believe.
If you describe something as nebulous, you mean that it is unclear, vague, and not clearly defined; a shape that is nebulous has no clear boundaries.
Someone is obtuse when they are slow to understand things; someone can choose to be obtuse when they deliberately do not try to figure things out.
Someone who is omniscient seems to know absolutely everything.
If you describe something as pedestrian, you think that it is ordinary and not interesting.
Someone who demonstrates perspicacity notices or understands things very quickly.
To be politic in a decision is to be socially wise and diplomatic.
If you handle something in a pragmatic way, you deal with it in a realistic and practical manner rather than just following unproven theories or ideas.
A precocious child shows advanced intelligence or skill at an unusually young age.
Someone who is prescient knows or is able to predict what will happen in the future.
When someone exhibits profundity, they display great intellectual depth and understanding; profundity can also be the depth or complexity of something.
If you are sapient, you are wise or very learned.
A savant is a person who knows a lot about a subject, either via a lifetime of learning or by considerable natural ability.
Stupor is a state in which someone’s mind and senses are dulled; consequently, they are unable to think clearly or act normally, usually due to the use of alcohol or drugs.
Something that stymies you presents an obstacle that prevents you from doing what you need or want to do.
A trite remark or idea is so overused that it is no longer interesting or novel.
Something that is turbid, such as water, is muddy or cloudy because it has lots of small pieces of matter or dirt in it.
To act in an uncouth manner is to be awkward and unmannerly.
Someone who is ungainly is clumsy or awkward; something ungainly can be difficult to use, primarily because of its size or weight.
Something that is vacuous is empty or blank, such as a mind or stare.
Venerable people command respect because they are old and wise.
A virtuoso is someone who is very skillful at something, especially playing a musical instrument.
As a sagacious or wise therapist, Anna Weld helped clients reach their own decisions rather than simply telling them how to solve their problems. Her famed insight attracted patients who needed her knowledgeable or sagacious advice, but she was careful to support rather than control their progress. Many were surprised when Dr. Weld decided to close her practice, but they knew that the sagacious, practical, and rational professional must have had good reasons to do so.
When is someone considered sagacious?
When they are known for their skill and creativity in the kitchen.
When they serve others kindly, justly, and with a heart full of compassion.
When they are savvy and shrewd due to their wide experience of the world.
GraciousSage Our village sage was so gracious in sharing her wisdom that we all felt comfortable around our sagacious, gracioussage.
Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life.
— Plautus, Roman playwright
There must be somebody above the guy who’s sagacious and thoughtful, somebody who realizes that a company’s human resources are the greatest asset of all.
Philippe Noiret, the sagacious French veteran, plays the mentor Alfredo in this life story of Salvatore "Toto" Di Vitto, a director manqué depicted as a child by Salvatore Cascio.
The Washington Post
The renowned American novelist, Kurt Vonnegut, knew something about suffering. He was also a wildly popular and sagacious commencement speaker, whose morsels of feather-touch wisdom I hope to pass along.
One who is sagacious is able to “perceive” things “keenly.”
The Empire Strikes Back A sagacious Yoda imparts much wisdom to Luke during his training to be a Jedi Knight.
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