There’s a Word for That: Perspicacious

atkins-bookshelf-wordsWith age comes wisdom and insight. A person who has ready insight into and understands things well is said to be perspicacious (pronounced “PUR spi KAY shuts”). Perspicacious is the adjective form of perspicacity which is derived from the Latin word perspicax (meaning “penetrating, having the power of seeing through”) and perspicere (meaning “look closely at”). Variant words include perspicaciously (adverb) and perspicaciousness (noun).

Related to perspicacious is the word percipient (pronounced “per SIP ee uh nt”), meaning “perceptive, or having a good understanding of things.” Percipient is derived from the Latin word percipere (meaning “perceptive”).

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