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intelligent, wise


sagacious = scharfsinnig, klug, weise, verständig, urteilsfähig



“Muriel was SAGACIOUS and eminently fair, and as a result was often asked to be on panels and committees, audit other universities and act as an external examiner.”

Michael Simpson – The Guardian (31 March 2022)

“Irving Fisher, who a century ago was one of the most famous economists on the planet, once declared: “The SAGACIOUS businessman is constantly forecasting.”

Tim Harford – The Economist (09 November 2020)

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- a sagacious person is intelligent and has the ability to make good decisions

- having or showing understanding and the ability to make good judgments

- of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment

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“Sagacious”, from around 1600, means “keenly perceptive, discerning”, originally of persons in reference to their sense of smell. The sense of “being skilled at discovering truths”, especially regarding human nature, is evident by the 1640s.


- keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness

able to reason (think) clearly, acumen, all there, Argus-eyed, argute, as sharp as a tack, astute, au courant, battle-scarred, been around, both oars in water, brainy, bright, canny, circumspect, clear-eyed (-headed, -sighted), clever, clued-in (-up), cogent, common-sense, comprehending, convincing, deep-thinking, discerning, ear to the ground, efficacious, enlightened, far-seeing, farsighted, foreseeing, foresighted, forethoughtful, forward-looking, foxy, good sense, having all one’s marbles, having been around (foresight, no flies on, smarts), holding water, hyperintelligent, infallible, insightful, in the know (the picture), judicious, keen-witted, keeping a weather eye on, keeping one’s eyes open (peeled), knowing, know(ing) how many beans make five, knows what’s what, level-headed, museful, nobody’s fool, not born yesterday, not missing a trick, not rash, objective, observant, omniscient, on the alert (the ball, the lookout, one’s toes, the qui vive, the watch), open-eyed, perceptive, perspicacious, perspicuous, perspicacity, plugged in, prescient, SAGACIOUS, sage, showing great knowledge, shrewd, smart, smart as a tack (a whip), straight-thinking, street-smart, streetwise, visionary, well-grounded (-informed, -judged, -reasoned, -thought-out), wide-awake, wily, wired, wise, wised up, with-it, with all one’s wits about one, with both feet on the ground, with great knowledge, with your wits about you, worldly-wise

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“Socrates, that SAGACIOUS Greek philosopher, believed that the easiest way to learn was by asking questions.”

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