Adjective "sagacious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgement; wise or shrewd.
  1. 'The sagacious Hugh Hewitt explains the importance of the election.'
  2. 'Yet the interminable self-contemplation, articulate and sagacious though it is, proves to be a bit too much of a good thing, and this gray, humorless, dispassionate novel eventually sinks under the weight of it all.'
  3. 'Stanley Kubrick's sagacious adaptation of Anthony Burgess' controversial novel assaults the screen with snakes, Ludwig van, and more than a bit of the old ultra-violence.'
  4. 'John Kerry is sagacious and experienced, but he has an elitist sounding accent that will make it impossible for him to win a national campaign in the media age.'
  5. 'If, as many true-blue Tories believe, Canadians are at heart a conservative, sagacious people in need of honest leadership, the party will find success at the polls on its own terms.'
  6. 'Where has this sagacious highbrow been all our lives?'
  7. 'Edwards is passionate and genuine, Kerry smooth and sagacious; if they simply speak naturally, and not from a list of talking points, they will persuade voters.'
  8. 'He was wise and sagacious, but prone to dissension and his spirit was that of calmness under fire.'
  9. 'But the sagacious Kerry O'Brien, well-known for his archival knowledge in such matters, did advise that there was some debate about the most reliable sources for evidence about the Australian frontier.'
  10. 'Animals civilise a building, and it is a pity that Mrs Blair, no cat-lover, was blamed for the dismissal of Humphrey, a dignified and sagacious mouser.'


1. having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd: a sagacious lawyer.

2. Obsolete. keen of scent.

More examples(as adjective)

"readers can be sagacious."

"moderations can be sagacious."

"manoeuvers can be sagacious."

"individuals can be sagacious."

"dogs can be sagacious."

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Early 17th century: from Latin sagax, sagac- ‘wise’ + -ious.