astute

Definitions

  • Astuteness, readiness. Neapolitan
    Astuteness, readiness. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj astute marked by practical hardheaded intelligence "a smart businessman","an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease","he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Astute Critically discerning; sagacious; shrewd; subtle; crafty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • astute Of keen penetration or discernment; cunning; sagacious.
    • astute Synonyms Sagacious, Sage, Knowing, Astute, Subtle. Sagacious and sage are used only in good senses, and when applied to persons generally suggest the wisdom of age or experience. The knowing man has wide knowledge and often penetration. The word knowing has also a humorous cast: as, he gave me a knowing wink; it may be used ironically: as, he is a little too knowing, that is, he thinks he knows more than he does; it may be used of knowing more than one has a right to know; it sometimes suggests a disposition to make ill use of knowledge: as, a knowing leer. Astute is often the same as sagacious, but is susceptible of an unfavorable sense in the direction of a narrow shrewdness, slyness, or cunning; it often means a sagacity that knows how to be silent; it is frequently applied to looks. Subtle, in its good sense, implies great acuteness, delicacy, or refinement in mental action: as, a subtle reasoner. For its bad sense, see cunning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Astute ast-ūt′ crafty: cunning: shrewd: sagacious
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Quotations

  • Cullen Hightower
    Cullen Hightower
    “Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. astutus, fr. astus, craft, cunning; perh. cognate with E. acute,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. astutusastus, crafty, akin perhaps to Acute.

Usage

In literature:

He was too astute a man to be discouraged by a trifling rebuff.
"The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler" by Francis W. Doughty
The other was too astute.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
The astute woman of the world, he despised.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
They suspected that he ate from "gold plate" and they could not forgive him for being an astute politician from New York.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
But even Emily guessed that she was an astute little person.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Thus the Royal Picts benefited by the astute promptitude of long-headed Sergeant Hyde.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
Southern natures often hide under the outward impulsiveness of action and speech a certain amount of astuteness.
"The Point Of Honor A Military Tale" by Joseph Conrad
The astute hotel proprietor refused to give $20 for the outfit.
"The Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56, No. 2, January 12, 1884" by Various
In manoeuvring to take the kopje, the tired cavalry allowed the astute De Wet and Delarey to escape with their guns intact.
"Sir John French" by Cecil Chisholm
The mother little dreamed, with all her astuteness, of what was really transpiring.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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In poetry:

"It’s dry, all right," said young O’Neil,
With which astute remark
He squatted down upon his heel
And chewed a piece of bark.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
“It seems to me his hands should be
astutely clasped in front.
With both thumbs a pointing toward the ground.”
Said Reverend Hunt.
"An Informal Prayer -- The Prayer Of Cyrus Brown" by Sam Walter Foss
With such astuteness do they counterfeit,
We do not realize the masks are on
Till, gaudy in our folly, bit by bit
We notice that a neighbor's face seems drawn.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Why of hidden things dispute,
Mind unwise, howe'er astute,
Making that thy task
Where the Judge will, at the last,
When disputing all is past,
Not a question ask?
"After Thomas Kempis" by George MacDonald

In news:

For starters, he was principled, fearless, and astute.
Out of all seven Karzai brothers , AWK was the most predatory and maybe the most politically astute, with little of Hamid's charm — a quality, admittedly, rapidly diminished.
The course grew out of Bun 's guest lecture to one of Pinn's classes a couple of years ago, and the rapper responsible for "Gimme That Pussy" and "Pocket Full of Stones" (among many others) proved remarkably astute.
The astute reader will note the book's poignant dedication.
" But he follows with the astute observation about another comedy duo: "It's (Bud) Abbott who chases Lou Costello and gets t...
Some of you are very astute, so I must confess .
Forbes contributor model has a well developed and astutely integrated editorial mechanism that identifies, screens, cultivates and selects digital-content creators, called Contributors .
SIR – Your political analysis of the refugee crisis in Côte d'Ivoire was astute ("Fear of contagion", January 8th).
Mark DiNinno and the crew at Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.), ever the astute NOLAphiles, will be kicking off crawdad season with a Mardi Gras party next Tuesday, Feb 21.
Founded in 2007, Astute is focused on the identification and validation of protein biomarkers as the basis for in vitro diagnostic tests.
Baitz, an astutely political writer, attempts nothing less than an indictment of all the forces that have divided America for the last two generations, from Vietnam through the Iraq War.
Johnson, an astute businesswoman and fashion maven, started Johnson Publishing Co.
I posted Jonathan Winters' portrayal of a man who was Frank Sinatra 's bus driver earlier today on Facebook and in no time heard from a few jazz-astute friends.
Billy Crystal's character in "City Slickers " made a very astute observation when he said "I'm losing hair where I want hair and getting hair where there shouldn't be any.".
Image courtesy of ABC/Ida Mae Astute (via ABC News Radio).
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In science:

The astute reader may have noticed that the modifier “strictly” is not being applied to “superrigid” in this section (c.f.
What is a superrigid subgroup?
The astute reader might notice that we evaluated the performance of our algorithm in a rather adversarial setting.
Random Projections for the Nonnegative Least-Squares Problem
The astute reader may observe that there is a problem with the above paragraph if τ   finn for some n, or if |τ | ¤ 1.
Strong jump traceability and Demuth randomness
The astute reader will notice that this reformulation of t is very similar to the way in which the contact invariant c(Y , ξ ) is defined in [OSz05] – via a filtration on cCF(−Y ) induced by the connected binding of an open book supporting (Y , ξ ).
On the equivalence of Legendrian and transverse invariants in knot Floer homology
The astute reader will notice two examples of “interpulses” — a secondary pulse separated by about 180 degrees from the main pulse.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
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