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acumen
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
uncommon ability to make good decisions
  • When they went down, uncle Pullet observed, with some acumen, that he reckoned the missis had been showing her bonnet,—that was what had made them so long upstairs.
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (46% in)
  • She could have informed you that there was such a word as "polygamy," and being also acquainted with "polysyllable," she had deduced the conclusion that "poly" mean "many"; but she had had no idea that gypsies were not well supplied with groceries, and her thoughts generally were the oddest mixture of clear-eyed acumen and blind dreams.
    1.11 -- Book 1 Chapter 11 -- Maggie Tries to Run away from Her Shadow (73% in)

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