Definition of acumen in English:


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  • The ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.

    ‘business acumen’
    • ‘From as far back as he could remember, he'd had his own sense of business acumen.’
    • ‘He said pilots would be chosen for their tactical acumen, ability to learn quickly and common sense.’
    • ‘But generally I prefer policies that demonstrate a scintilla of common sense and financial acumen.’
    • ‘It is not so much his tactical acumen as his ability to inspire that distinguishes Graeme Souness as a coach.’
    • ‘Councils need to be run by managers with initiative and a high level of business acumen.’
    • ‘His friends say what he lacks in political savvy he makes up in business acumen.’
    • ‘He was born and brought up in Gorse Hill, and first showed his business acumen at the age of 13 when he began farming pigs in his back garden.’
    • ‘With his footballing background and business acumen, he seemed the ideal choice for this highly prestigious position.’
    • ‘Joining the company as a trainee, his business acumen saw him quickly rise up the ranks to become general manager in 1955.’
    • ‘They seem genuinely surprised when the venture capitalists quite reasonably question their lack of business acumen.’
    • ‘Of course, all this business acumen didn't come from heading out on the highway looking for adventure.’
    • ‘At the same time, many of the vice-presidents offer specialised skills, knowledge and business acumen.’
    • ‘This elegant chief executive has the business acumen of the Americans and the undeniable style of the Italians in her origins.’
    • ‘Greed, under the guise of business acumen and entrepreneurship, has become the new religion.’
    • ‘Your business acumen and professional creativity are tested in difficult assignments.’
    • ‘His business acumen saw him build and purchase hotels in Galway and Dublin.’
    • ‘Anyone finding it impossible to profit where there is no competition simply demonstrates a lack of business acumen.’
    • ‘He went to law school and struck it rich through the exercise of great acumen in the oil business.’
    • ‘As the population shrinks, there are more opportunities for older people to prove their business acumen.’
    • ‘His business acumen has seen the centre firmly established as a benchmark for the industry.’
    astuteness, awareness, shrewdness, acuity, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, cleverness, brightness, smartness
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/əˈkyo͞omən/ /əˈkjumən/ /ˈakyəmən/ /ˈækjəmən/


Late 16th century from Latin, ‘sharpness, point’, from acuere ‘sharpen’ (see acute).