- The ability to make good judgements and take quick decisions: she hides a shrewd business acumenMore example sentences
astuteness, awareness, shrewdness, acuity, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, cleverness, brightness, smartness; judgement, understanding, sense, common sense, canniness, discernment, wisdom, wit, sagacity, perspicacity, ingenuity, insight, intuition, intuitiveness, perception, perspicuity, penetration; capability, enterprise, initiative, resourcefulness, flair, vision; brains, powers of reasoning; French savoir faireBritish • informal commonNorth American • informal smarts• rare sapience, arguteness
- 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.
late 16th century: from Latin, 'sharpness, point', from acuere 'sharpen' (see acute).