Definition of acumen in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkyo͞omən/


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.
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


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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