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  • Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd.

    ‘they were sagacious enough to avoid any outright confrontation’
    • ‘He was wise and sagacious, but prone to dissension and his spirit was that of calmness under fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's buzzing with ideas, opinions and sagacious thoughts.’
    • ‘Sharansky is not infallible, but he is probably the most sagacious voice in Israeli politics today.’
    • ‘In such a state, he persisted in the belief that Confederate victory was possible long after even the least sagacious of his advisers had accepted defeat as inevitable.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, the sagacious and shrewdly written new column entitled ‘Nightmarch’ is hidden away at the bottom of the antepenultimate page.’
    • ‘This is a profound practice performed by sagacious sannyasins especially.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At one point, a particularly sagacious observation was shouted out in a distinctive Texas lilt right behind me and I realized I'd been sitting two feet away from Sam the whole time without realizing it.’
    • ‘‘He joined a team that was already doing well,’ the sagacious Frenchman added.’
    • ‘Where has this sagacious highbrow been all our lives?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of protecting his son, he is obsessed with wiping out the man who murdered his wife, despite John Rooney's sagacious observation that Mike is nothing more than a murderer himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And Detective Coyle said it the best the other day in court, under oath, he was pretty sagacious, when he said the only one I can eliminate is himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yesterday, we were amazed when the sagacious Digby praised this post from John Aravosis.’
    • ‘The sagacious Hugh Hewitt explains the importance of the election.’
    wise, clever, intelligent, showing great knowledge, with great knowledge, knowledgeable, sensible, sage
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/səˈɡāSHəs/ /səˈɡeɪʃəs/


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