What does astute mean?

Definitions for astuteəˈstut, əˈstyut

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. astute, sharp, shrewd(adj)

    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

    "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"


  1. astute(Adjective)

    quickly and critically discerning

  2. astute(Adjective)

    shrewd or crafty

  3. Origin: Latin astūtus, from astus ‘craft’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Astute(adj)

    critically discerning; sagacious; shrewd; subtle; crafty

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Astute

    ast-ūt′, adj. crafty: cunning: shrewd: sagacious.—adv. Astute′ly.—n. Astute′ness.—The adj. Astū′cious, adv. Astū′ciously, and n. Astū′city are all rare. [L. astutusastus, crafty, akin perhaps to Acute.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of astute in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of astute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeh Johnson:

    The panel's recommendations are astute, thorough and fair.

  2. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Profound thinkers either become astute lovers or rebellious spirit”

  3. Mike McGlone:

    It appears Paulson was astute to lighten up some before the July plunge, they may have been part of the massive liquidation in July too.

  4. John Kerry:

    He was, of course, a uniquely astute analyst and observer of Asia, and it is largely through his life's work that Singapore became one of the United States' strongest strategic partners in the region.

  5. James Scott:

    There has been a failure in moral courage by the technologically astute to step in and lead, selflessly. There's always a product pitch at the end of whitepapers. We need to remove the product pitches and replace it with objective and viable action steps

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