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perspicacious

per·spi·ca·cious

perspicacious

pronunciation:
puhr sp keI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition: keenly perceptive or understanding; discerning.
She was awarded a prize for her perspicacious essay.
synonyms:
astute, clearheaded, discerning, keen, perceptive, percipient
similar words:
acute, alert, aware, brilliant, clever, incisive, intelligent, judicious, knowing, mordant, penetrating, sharp, shrewd, thoughtful, understanding
derivations: perspicaciously (adv.), perspicaciousness (n.)
Word Parts
The word perspicacious contains the following parts:
-acious Latin adjective-forming suffix that means full of, characterized by
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The suffix -acious forms adjectives from Latinate nouns ending in "-acity," "-acy," or "-ce." Most common adjectives ending in -acious have a corresponding noun form ending in "-acity."