Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment.
Examples of Sagacious in a sentence
"She could always rely on her mentor to provide sagacious feedback."
"The op-ed provided a sagacious viewpoint on the recent city council controversy."
To be sagacious means to be wise, but specifically showing keen judgment. It’s not just about intelligence; it's showing discernment, too. Being sagacious could be described as using "street smarts" in addition to "book smarts."
Did you Know?
Sage is commonly known as the herb that provides a heavy dose of flavor at Thanksgiving, but the Latin word "sagax" also means "wise." Use "sage" as an adjective meaning "wise," or as a noun for "a wise person." "Sagacious" becomes the adjective if you feel it's wise to use a longer word.