First attested 1548, from Late Latin perspicācitās (“discernment”), from Latin perspicax (“sharp-sighted”), from perspiciō (“look through”), from per- (“through”) + speciō (“look at”). See also perspective.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌpɜː.spɪˈkeɪ.ʃəs/
- (US) enPR: pûr'spĭ·kā'shəs, IPA(key): /ˌpɜːɹ.spɪˈkeɪ.ʃəs/
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃəs
- Hyphenation: per‧spi‧ca‧cious
- (figuratively) Of acute discernment; having keen insight; mentally perceptive.
- (obsolete) Able to physically see clearly; quick-sighted; sharp-sighted.
Terms etymologically related to perspicacious
showing keen insight
Able to physically see clearly
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