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Pronunciation: [pəspɪkˈasɪti] (IPA)

Perspicacity is a term that refers to the ability to understand things quickly and accurately. Other synonyms for perspicacity include acute insight, sharp-sightedness, clear-headedness, and discernment. These words all represent the same skill set of being able to quickly see the essence of things and understand them accurately. Other synonyms include cleverness, intelligence, shrewdness, astuteness, and wisdom. Similar expressions would include having a keen eye for detail, being able to read between the lines, and having a knack for spotting the important details in a given situation. No matter which term you use, perspicacity is a valuable skill that can help you navigate life's challenges with ease and confidence.

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What are the opposite words for perspicacity?

Perspicacity is defined as the ability to understand things quickly and clearly. Its antonyms, on the other hand, refer to the opposite of this capability. Among the words that can serve as antonyms for perspicacity are obscurity, unintelligence, dullness, insensibility, and obtuseness. Obscurity means the state of being difficult to understand, while unintelligence refers to the lack of intellectual ability or capacity. Dullness pertains to the absence of sharpness or activity, while insensibility refers to the incapacity of being sensitive or responsive. Obtuseness pertains to the lack of sharpness or quickness of perception, insight or discernment. Ultimately, the antonyms of perspicacity portray a lack of the ability to comprehend or understand things quickly and clearly.

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Usage examples for Perspicacity

I thought with most tormenting perspicacity of all that would be said of the crime committed by a young lady in being of use to a young man.
"The Dead Lake and Other Tales"
Paul Heyse
The book is indeed a model of perspicacity and brevity; all the advice it gives will be found of immediate service.
"The Story of Malta"
Maturin M. Ballou
They are now all cheerfulness and perspicacity.
"Anna St. Ives"
Thomas Holcroft

Famous quotes with Perspicacity

  • Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart.
    Walter Savage Landor
  • The fine art of executive decision consists in not deciding questions that are not now pertinent, in not deciding prematurely, in not making decision that cannot be made effective, and in not making decisions that others should make. Not to decide questions that are not pertinent at the time is uncommon good sense, though to raise them may be uncommon perspicacity. Not to decide questions prematurely is to refuse commitment of attitude or the development of prejudice. Not to make decisions that cannot be made effective is to refrain from destroying authority. Not to make decisions that others should make is to preserve morale, to develop competence, to fix responsibility, and to preserve authority.
    Chester Barnard
  • It’s six months since I did the interview with Jeremy Paxman that inspired this book, and British media today is awash with halfhearted condemnations of my observation that voting is pointless and my admission that I have never voted. My assertion that other people oughtn’t vote either was born of the same instinctive rejection of the mantle of appointed social prefect that prevents me from telling teenagers to “Just Say No” to drugs. I cannot confine my patronage to the circuitry of their minuscule wisdom. “People died so you’d have the right to vote.” No, they did not; they died for freedom. In the case where freedom was explicitly attached to the symbol of democratic rights, like female suffrage, I don’t imagine they’d’ve been so willing if they’d known how tokenistic voting was to become. Note too these martyrs did not achieve their ends by participating in a hollow, predefined ritual, the infertile dry hump of gestural democracy; they did it by direct action. Emily Davison, the hero of women’s suffrage, hurled herself in front of the king’s horses; she defied the tyranny that oppressed her and broke the boundaries that contained her. I imagine too that this woman would have had the rebellious perspicacity to understand that the system she was opposing would adjust to incorporate the female vote and deftly render it irrelevant. This woman, who left her job as a teacher to dedicate her life to activism, was imprisoned nine times. She used methods as severe and diverse as arson and hunger-striking to protest and at the time of her death would have been regarded as a terrorist.
    Russell Brand
  • An intellectual dapperling of these times boasts chiefly of his irresistible perspicacity, his “dwelling in the daylight of truth,” and so forth; which, on examination, turns out to be a dwelling in the rush-light of “closet logic,” and a deep unconsciousness that there is any other light to dwell in or any other objects to survey with it.
    Thomas Carlyle
  • Or indeed we may say again, it is in what I called Portrait-painting, delineating of men and things, especially of men, that Shakspeare is great. All the greatness of the man comes out decisively here. It is unexampled, I think, that calm creative perspicacity of Shakspeare. The thing he looks at reveals not this or that face of it, but its inmost heart and generic secret: it dissolves itself as in light before him, so that he discerns the perfect structure of it. Creative, we said: poetic creation, what is this too but seeing the thing sufficiently? The word that will describe the thing, follows of itself from such clear intense sight of the thing. And is not Shakspeare's morality, his valour, candour, tolerance, truthfulness; his whole victorious strength and greatness, which can triumph over such obstructions, visible there too? Great as the world!
    Thomas Carlyle

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