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Definition intelligence — especially the ability to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
  • Such legislation would require perspicacity all too rare in the congress.
perspicacity = intelligence
  • He had come to look on her perspicacity in this matter as a sort of second sight.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
  • He seemed pleased at my perspicacity.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • With your perspicacity, I'm surprised you ask.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • perspicacity = intelligence
  • It was a marvellous effort of perspicacity to discover that I did not love her.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • perspicacity = perceptiveness and understanding
  • She was a woman of middle-age, with well-formed features of the type usually found where perspicacity is the chief quality enthroned within.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • perspicacity = the capacity to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
  • The host, who was not endowed with great perspicacity, did not observe the expression which his words had given to...
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • perspicacity = the capacity to quickly assess situations
  • Monsieur Rodolphe Boulanger was thirty-four; he was of brutal temperament and intelligent perspicacity, having, moreover, had much to do with women, and knowing them well.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • perspicacity = the capacity to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
  • He stood behind Farfrae's chair, watching his dexterity in clearing up the numerical fogs which had been allowed to grow so thick in Henchard's books as almost to baffle even the Scotchman's perspicacity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • perspicacity = capacity to quickly assess situations
  • You will forgive an old friend for not expressing any great surprise, as the matter was writ large enough between the lines of your letters, and could easily be divined, without any great perspicacity on the reader's part.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • perspicacity = intelligence
  • He winced a little at her terrifying perspicacity, and longed to ask: "And May—do they quote her?"
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Very likely, with the perspicacity of her sex, she gave out as an accomplished fact what she felt was pretty sure to become a fact in a few days.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The embassy man was making sure a Company executive in Washington realized the perspicacity of his contributions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The surgeon spoke with the fluency due to long practice and with the admirable perspicacity which distinguished him.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I admire your perspicacity as well as your caution," said the Jackal's intermediary.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He seemed pleased at my perspicacity.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • How well she deceived her father we shall have occasion to learn; but her innocent arts were of little avail before a person of the rare perspicacity of Mrs. Penniman.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • But I have desired to avoid distracting the attention of the reader from the narrative, and have mainly left the understanding of it to his good sense and perspicacity.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • "You go and fetch her down, Tom," said Mr. Tulliver, rather sharply,—his perspicacity or his fatherly fondness for Maggie making him suspect that the lad had been hard upon "the little un," else she would never have left his side.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Their talk was full of exclamations, they paced excitedly up and down the room, marvelling at each other's perspicacity, or stood in silence by the window drumming on the glass, deeply moved by the exalting discovery of how completely they understood each other.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago

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