• WordNet 3.6
    • n acumen shrewdness shown by keen insight
    • n acumen a tapering point
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Acumen Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acumen Quickness of perception; the faculty of nice discrimination; mental acuteness or penetration; keenness of insight.
    • n acumen In botany, a tapering point. Synonyms Penetration, discernment, acuteness, sharpness, perspicacity, insight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acumen ak-ū′men sharpness: quickness of perception: penetration.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acumen, fr. acuere, to sharpen. Cf. Acute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. See Acute.


In literature:

How can acumen be derived from the scrag-end of a neck of mutton, or inspiration from griskins?
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
With all his acumen and knowledge of the world, he could think of but one.
"Hand and Ring" by Anna Katharine Green
Both were essential, neither would necessarily supply the third element of success, business acumen.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
So it is in the mind of man with regard to his intellectual acumen and his religious creed.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
In taking this step, Sophia showed that she had the ambition but not the political acumen of her aunt Theodora.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
It speaks well for the acumen of Captain John Smith that he seems to have been the first to grasp clearly this truth.
"The Planters of Colonial Virginia" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Pale, stony-eyed, she asked her questions calmly, and with coolness and acumen.
"In the Whirl of the Rising" by Bertram Mitford
But his real acumen was in recognizing a great man.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
The youth, with the acumen of his kind, understood the relative value of eloquence and action.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
It is true that the derivation of the word Jehovah is still a problem for critical acumen.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick

In news:

If you're going to throw props at people for their insight and business acumen, be sure.
WHAT HE LACKS in formal culinary training, Frank Scibelli makes up for in resourcefulness and business acumen.
Not only does he possess a strong business acumen, he's also intimately aware of the intricacies necessary to succeed in the highly competitive convenience storeindustry.
It takes talent, leadership and business acumen.
"Kevin has led this company with astute business acumen, a passion for the art form and graceful humour through a decade of great growth," Binet says.
With Mike D'Antoni returning to the sidelines as the Lakers coach, he brings with him a long career of basketball acumen, both from his time as a coach and as a player.
His confidence is consistently greater than his acumen, his arrogance greater than his grasp .
Legendary college basketball coach Rick Majerus, known for his tenacious style of defense on-court and recruiting acumen off-court, died Saturday of reported heart failure at the age of 64.
Terry and others can be found most summer evenings near the Stone Arch Bridge along the Mississippi exercising their angling acumen.
Acumen puts cable in the clouds .
BUSINESS acumen and bold timing, backed up by swarms of lawyers telling how far to the inch he could push, propelled Harold C Simmons into the ranks of the nation's billionaires.
Fashion's most successful partnership of business acumen and creative bravado was revived Tuesday with the announcement of the new Tom Ford brand.
Legendary college basketball coach Rick Majerus, known for his tenacious style of defense on-court and recruiting acumen off-court, died Saturday of reported heart failure at the age of 64.
Lawrence Mendoza Langowski, an Olympic wrestler, has taken his business acumen to Mexico.
Northrop Grumman Chooses Acumen.

In science:

At the same time, networking researchers expect papers submitted to networking journals and conferences to include an appropriate networking context for abstract or more graph-theoretic work, along with an illustration of how the results in the paper provide new acumen for networking.
The Workshop on Internet Topology (WIT) Report