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  • Noun




Samuel’s perspicacity made him an ideal company employee: he was not only quick to understand the company’s structure, but could also easily identify ways to succeed. His perspicacity and clear insight led the board of directors to recommend him early on as a valuable partner. The board wanted this company to move into the marketplace quickly, and knew that people who exercised perspicacity and clear reasoning were essential in making this happen.

Quiz: What is perspicacity?

  • The ability to choose a good business partner.
  • A way of identifying successful business methods.
  • A penetrating intelligence.

Memory Hook

Spice City "How to bring people to our city? Ah, ha, people love spice, so we will not only offer them free spice when they come to our city, but we will have the lovely smell of spices all about our sweet-smelling city!" So great was the perspicacity of our city's marketing expert!


  • Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart. — Walter Savage Landor Walter savage landor
  • Phantom also stands, with simple perspicacity, where no other poster company appears to us to stand — we stand for bringing the simple poster out into the light of day. —BNET
  • The overwhelming majority of Americans who support the death penalty do not imagine that society is able to administer it with 'Godlike perspicacity,' in Walter Berns’s phrase. —BNET
  • Solidly constructed using the latest technology and with steel reinforcements to withstand earthquakes, Villa San Maurizio should outlast many of the other houses in its neighborhood and long remain a monument to the owner’s taste and perspicacity. —BNET

Word Ingredients

per- through
spic see, observe, look, watch over
-acity characteristics of

Perspicacity refers to the “characteristics of seeing through” something in order to quickly understand it.

Word Constellation


Word Variants

perspicacious adj very perceptive; quick to understand
perspicuity n clearness of expression; intelligibility
perspicuous adj clear in expression; highly intelligible