- The ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain: business acumenMore example sentences
astuteness, shrewdness, acuity, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, cleverness, smartness, brains; judgment, understanding, awareness, sense, common sense, canniness, discernment, wisdom, wit, sagacity, perspicacity, insight, perception, penetration; savvy, know-how, horse sense, smarts, street smarts
- 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).