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acumen Syllabification: a·cu·men
Pronunciation: /əˈkyo͞omən/

Definition of acumen in English:


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

  • Acumen is an adoption of a Latin word meaning ‘sharpness, point’, from acuere ‘sharpen’.

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