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acumen
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Definition uncommon ability to make good decisions
  • She built a very successful company with uncommon business acumen.
acumen = uncommon ability to make good decisions
  • With her customary acumen, she brought the new division to profitability within a year.
  • ...its discovery depends, not at all upon the acumen, but altogether upon the mere care, patience, and determination of the seekers;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • acumen = uncommon ability to make good decisions
  • The Parisian police, so much extolled for acumen, are cunning, but no more.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • acumen = uncommon ability to make good decisions
  • After all the men had taken a swallow, and properly praised Two-Tone's inventive initiative and Bill's mechanical acumen, Randy said, "Of course it's still a little raw."
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • acumen = uncommon ability to make good decisions
  • In the hundreds of thousands of games that these spectators had seen in their collective lives, few had ever seen a catcher—even in the pros—with the baseball acumen and presence of mind to shadow the runner down the first base line.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • acumen = uncommon ability to make good decisions
  • With all respect for your natural acumen, I do not think that you are quite a match for the worthy doctor.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • The skipper openly admired his guest's acumen, stiffened himself to make indignant denial, then gracefully surrendered.
    London, Jack  --  South Sea Tales
  • For a man who was never in the country, and who did not evidently do much in the way of business, his knowledge and acumen were wonderful.
    Stoker, Bram  --  Dracula
  • I've instructed Liv to bring all her selling acumen and brinkmanship to bear on this, as I need every last dollar to carry through my other aims.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But when St. John had mused a few moments he recommenced as imperturbably and with as much acumen as ever.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Look what he's done with his skills and his political acumen!
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He lacked the grace and acumen to despise only the blacks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • While Phillis has the business acumen, Douglas is the socialite.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • J. T. once showed his ledgers to the board of directors to prove, as if proof were needed, the extent of his business acumen.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • LUMA SEEMED TO have the auditory acumen of a rabbit, and the capability of hearing foul language, even spoken sotto voce, from a field's length away.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Giggling at my acumen, she rolled her eyes and said, "Git on!"
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The next day, Lourdes works extraconscientiously, determined to prove to herself that her business acumen, at least, is intact.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Cedric thinks, as he crushes the empty Tropicana container, that he's always had a natural acumen for these sorts of calculations.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And then he scoffed at the other sanatoriums in town and sarcastically praised the business acumen of their owners.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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