acumen vs acuity vs acuteness

acumen acuity acuteness


  • 1) quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination
  • 2) Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.
  • 3) Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination.
  • 4) a tapering point
  • 5) shrewdness shown by keen insight
  • 6) In botany, a tapering point. Synonyms Penetration, discernment, acuteness, sharpness, perspicacity, insight.
  • 7) Quickness of perception; the faculty of nice discrimination; mental acuteness or penetration; keenness of insight.


  • 1) Sharpness or acuteness, as of a needle, wit, etc.
  • 2) Acuteness of vision or perception; keenness.
  • 3) Sharpness; acuteness.


  • 1) The quality of being acute or pointed; as, the acuteness of an angle.
  • 2) The faculty of nice discernment or perception; sensitiveness; – applied to the senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness of intellect, we discern nice distinctions.
  • 3) Shrillness; high pitch; – said of sounds.
  • 4) Shrewdness, quickness of mind
  • 5) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.
  • 6) Shrillness; high pitch; -- said of sounds.
  • 7) The quality of being acute or pointed; sharpness.
  • 8) (Med.) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.
  • 9) The faculty of nice discernment or perception; acumen; keenness; sharpness; sensitiveness; -- applied to the senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness of intellect, we discern nice distinctions.
  • 10) the quality of having a sharp edge or point
  • 11) a quick and penetrating intelligence
  • 12) a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed
  • 13) In pathology, violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.
  • 14) The faculty of nice discernment or perception; quickness or keenness of the senses or understanding.
  • 15) The quality of being acute.
  • 16) In rhetoric or music, sharpness or elevation of sound.
  • 17) In musical acoustics. relative elevation of pitch in a sound or tone, produced by greater frequency of vibration: opposed to gravity. The higher the pitch, the greater is the acuteness.


  • 1) Colleagues from that time praised her business acumen.
  • 2) Pay packets are therefore largely determined by the skills and acumen of other financiers.
  • 3) But business acumen aside, there's a lot more to this job.
  • 4) Here's hoping his business acumen has kicked in and he'll do a better job than expected.
  • 5) Your wellbeing is as important to me as your financial acumen.
  • 6) Some praised his business acumen and decisiveness.
  • 7) Some commentators would have called into question the commercial acumen of those in charge.
  • 8) Such political acumen could prove indispensable for the boardroom manoeuvring to come.
  • 9) Special players receptive to his demands and tactical acumen.
  • 10) She possessed a sharp business acumen and an ability to crunch numbers.
  • 11) There is no doubt he will bring financial acumen to the board.
  • 12) He simply puts his success down to his business acumen.
  • 13) He combines brains with charm and political acumen.
  • 14) The question is whether she has the administrative and financial acumen.
  • 15) But there is little doubting his business acumen.
  • 16) The combination of his financial acumen and withering attack appeared to have the desired effect.
  • 17) Board members will be tested on their business acumen.
  • 18) Many people depend directly on him for their livelihoods and many other colleagues profit from his business acumen.
  • 19) In particular, there has been a loss of defensive and tactical acumen.
  • 20) She didn't seem to have any political acumen at all.
  • 21) It is a measure of his self-confidence and considerable political acumen that he did.
  • 22) He had shown early signs of financial acumen in the 1979 oil crisis.
  • 23) Both are notable more for their wayward behaviour in Hollywood nightclubs than for their political acumen.
  • 24) In fact, is there perhaps a grudging admiration for their business acumen?
  • 25) Stopping them will take huge amounts of tactical acumen, rigorous discipline and the odd slice of luck.
  • 26) In the meantime, managing without a steady income is providing a stern test of her financial acumen.
  • 27) The hard part for Buckle is the daily grind of plotting how to win against teams with soggy pitches and limited tactical acumen.
  • 28) There is just as much of a distinction in wheelchair racing between sprinters relying on explosive power and the tactical acumen and endurance needed by middle-distance specialists.
  • 29) Rather it is about leadership, tactical acumen and ability to empathise with a group of the world's best players.
  • 30) That business acumen is particularly important these days as Volcom has been hit hard by the drop in consumer spending.
  • 31) Their acumen is also a testament to the kind of player Britt could be in the NFL.
  • 32) This specimen of legal acumen is front and center in the Cartel ` s jihad, having appeared for Viacom when it sued YouTube, for the RIAA against Jammie Thomas, single mother.
  • 33) But the overlap between love of books and native business acumen is fairly narrow.
  • 34) As before, Cole's military acumen is almost flawless, except for one hard-to-believe casualty that Cole's demonstrated savvy seems sure to have avoided.
  • 35) Your political acumen is matched only by your apparently burgeoning music critic career ….
  • 36) Monkey: Your scientific acumen is clearly lacking.
  • 37) If offensive acumen is measured in first downs, the game was among the most one-sided in the history of both franchises.
  • 38) Ambassador Tony Garza married to Maria Asunción Aramburuzabala, who has holdings in Grupo Modelo and Televisa and whose management acumen is well-recognized.
  • 39) ‘From as far back as he could remember, he'd had his own sense of business acumen.’
  • 40) ‘He said pilots would be chosen for their tactical acumen, ability to learn quickly and common sense.’
  • 41) ‘But generally I prefer policies that demonstrate a scintilla of common sense and financial acumen.’
  • 42) ‘It is not so much his tactical acumen as his ability to inspire that distinguishes Graeme Souness as a coach.’
  • 43) ‘Councils need to be run by managers with initiative and a high level of business acumen.’
  • 44) ‘His friends say what he lacks in political savvy he makes up in business acumen.’
  • 45) ‘He was born and brought up in Gorse Hill, and first showed his business acumen at the age of 13 when he began farming pigs in his back garden.’
  • 46) ‘With his footballing background and business acumen, he seemed the ideal choice for this highly prestigious position.’
  • 47) ‘Joining the company as a trainee, his business acumen saw him quickly rise up the ranks to become general manager in 1955.’
  • 48) ‘They seem genuinely surprised when the venture capitalists quite reasonably question their lack of business acumen.’
  • 49) ‘Of course, all this business acumen didn't come from heading out on the highway looking for adventure.’
  • 50) ‘At the same time, many of the vice-presidents offer specialised skills, knowledge and business acumen.’
  • 51) ‘This elegant chief executive has the business acumen of the Americans and the undeniable style of the Italians in her origins.’
  • 52) ‘Greed, under the guise of business acumen and entrepreneurship, has become the new religion.’
  • 53) ‘Your business acumen and professional creativity are tested in difficult assignments.’
  • 54) ‘His business acumen saw him build and purchase hotels in Galway and Dublin.’
  • 55) ‘Anyone finding it impossible to profit where there is no competition simply demonstrates a lack of business acumen.’
  • 56) ‘He went to law school and struck it rich through the exercise of great acumen in the oil business.’
  • 57) ‘As the population shrinks, there are more opportunities for older people to prove their business acumen.’
  • 58) ‘His business acumen has seen the centre firmly established as a benchmark for the industry.’


  • 1) Now we know that the newborn has quite poor visual acuity but is quite definitely not blind.
  • 2) Eye tests like this one are measures of visual acuity.
  • 3) Politics as a field of knowledge is likelier to blunt mental acuity than to sharpen it.
  • 4) My brother has not the mental acuity to do this.
  • 5) Yet the emotional acuity of their exchanges more than makes up for that.
  • 6) Can you take her emotional acuity from page to stage?
  • 7) They work best in people with naturally moist eyes, good visual acuity and no eyelid problems.
  • 8) There is a fair bit of evidence that the game can delay or diminish the loss of mental acuity that comes with age.
  • 9) And its blend of song, silliness and emotional acuity is theatrical magic.
  • 10) There aren't many stories that combine emotional acuity, formal daring and finely crafted gags quite like this.
  • 11) ‘We must engage visual, hearing and speaking acuity.’
  • 12) ‘Nothing is more important to the development of acuity in visual thought than drawing.’
  • 13) ‘Here though, I'm uncertain whether Boshoff's chosen subject matter is able to carry both his intellectual acuity and visual dexterity.’
  • 14) ‘One of the authors treated an otherwise healthy 30-year old female with poor acuity, impaired night vision, and myopia.’
  • 15) ‘Although their hearing thus lacks acuity, anatomical studies suggest that their vomeronasal and olfactory systems are well developed.’
  • 16) ‘Usually, the lower back is weak and sore, there is ringing in the ears and loss of hearing acuity, the face is ashen or dark, especially under the eyes.’
  • 17) ‘Tinnitus is a common symptom of noise overexposure, and it further interferes with hearing acuity, sleep and concentration.’
  • 18) ‘His vitality, acuity and integrity remain intact.’
  • 19) ‘Columnist for Vanity Fair and for brain-boggling US journal The Nation, Hitchens has a fierce reputation for intellectual and political acuity.’
  • 20) ‘The acuity of hearing and vision may deteriorate.’
  • 21) ‘Students were chosen on the basis of interest, intellectual acuity, career field, and career patterns.’
  • 22) ‘I have a hearing loss that limits my hearing acuity and comprehension to less than 50 per cent.’
  • 23) ‘Visual acuity is an important element of good vision, but not the only element.’
  • 24) ‘In any case, sensitivity and acuity on the part of her editors should have meant the deletion of the worst of the inaccurate and offensive references, or the rejection of the piece as a whole.’
  • 25) ‘The Cardinal has diagnosed our ills with characteristic acuity.’
  • 26) ‘But what is not as widely known is that diabetes also causes cognitive decline, from a subtle loss of mental acuity to a heightened risk for Alzheimer's disease.’
  • 27) ‘Even the most peripheral characters are portrayed with acuity.’
  • 28) ‘Among the still photographs shown were several that also tested perceptual acuity.’
  • 29) ‘New research by psychologists in the United States argues that ordinary social contact is at least as useful as more formal intellectual activities in preserving mental acuity.’
  • 30) ‘It begins with observation, with reporting, rendering the facts of our inner and outer reality with acuity sharpened by imagination.’


  • 1) He had died from acute kidney failure.
  • 2) Some acute care can be offered at home.
  • 3) Sleep deprivation is one of the most acute problems in the armed forces.
  • 4) With the arrival of the internet, the problem of distinguishing factual from fake has become far more acute.
  • 5) He was no less inspiring as a conductor, with a great hand technique and an acute sense of rhythm.
  • 6) Recruitment problems are particularly acute in maths, physics, computer science and design and technology.
  • 7) My 88-year-old father was admitted to an acute medical ward in November last year and has since died.
  • 8) Finishing this splendid and intelligent story, as with all great fiction, brings an acute sense of loss.
  • 9) The practice at which I am a patient devotes one eighth of its doctors' time to acute care.
  • 10) His goal from that acute angle was like a short corner in hockey!
  • 11) Yet the imbalances afflicting the eurozone are no less acute than those addressing the broader global economy.
  • 12) This is a masterclass from an acute political intelligence.
  • 13) The trusts at risk are specialist or acute hospitals.
  • 14) Only a few people possess such an acute mind for such profound investigations.
  • 15) The alternative is acute embarrassment and a sport on the brink of disaster.
  • 16) We know right from wrong and have an acute sense of justice.
  • 17) My acute exercise phase had many positive points.
  • 18) This problem has become particularly acute in our own country.
  • 19) The problems are particularly acute where holidays have been booked independently.
  • 20) Pain has myriad causes but can be broadly divided into acute and chronic.
  • 21) The acute economic crisis may have passed but the chronic challenges remain.
  • 22) We were told she had acute liver failure.
  • 23) These alternative sites for acute care have been successful because they are efficient and cost effective.
  • 24) Today the fear of being left behind is no less acute.
  • 25) The single most coherent theme that emerges is the desire to keep patients out of acute hospitals.
  • 26) His acute political sense was a significant asset when dealing with government departments and with the public.
  • 27) His absence led to a lack of cover on an acute mental health ward and put colleagues at risk.
  • 28) Their hearing is so acute that they can hear the pulsing sound of a quartz crystal in a digital clock.
  • 29) We recognise that to excel in these fields, you have to possess acute intelligence.
  • 30) He has such an acute mind, and his intelligence is effortless.
  • 31) They are more agile, faster over short distances and their hearing is more acute.
  • 32) Yes, you may escape that moment of acute social embarrassment.
  • 33) And there is no finer exponent of acute angles than the man who has won a record 60 consecutive matches on clay.
  • 34) A trip round an acute ward would give some perspective to the self-obsessed celebrities whose only thought is to look younger.
  • 35) I may have been ever so much an exception in acuteness of observation, powers of comparison, and abnormal self-consciousness; none the less were my thoughts and conduct typical of the attitude of the intelligent immigrant child toward American institutions.
  • 36) Her sense of touch has sensibly increased during the year, and has gained in acuteness and delicacy.
  • 37) Anxiety, hope, and even fatigue itself, had imparted to his body the fictitious strength of fever, and to his intellect the unhealthy acuteness which is so often the result of intense mental effort.
  • 38) Prudence -- but not the acuteness which is sometimes confused with prudence -- is incompatible with incontinence, which is least curable when the outcome of weakness.
  • 39) Agitated by these reflections, which put sleep at defiance, Esther continued at her post, listening with that sort of acuteness which is termed instinct in the animals a few degrees below her in the scale of intelligence, for any of those noises which might indicate the approach of footsteps.
  • 40) He shaved hairs from the back of his hand, glanced along the edge with microscopic acuteness, and found, or feigned that he found, always, a slight inequality in its edge somewhere.
  • 41) It was indeed but a passing trance, that only made me feel with renewed acuteness so soon as, the unnatural stimulus ceasing to operate, I had returned to my old habits.
  • 42) Chamber of Commerce: "The Americans, with their vast and almost incalculable resources, their acuteness and enterprise, and their huge population, which will probably be 100,000,000 in twenty years, together with the plan they have adopted for putting accumulated wealth into great cooperative syndicates or trusts for the purpose of carrying on this great commercial warfare, are the most formidable ... rivals to be feared."
  • 43) ‘The intelligence and analytical acuteness you bring to the site have been an inspiration to me.’
  • 44) ‘These pursuits require mental acuteness, intellectual agility and detailed analysis.’
  • 45) ‘The acuteness and expanse of his vision, his documentary power, and his grace and skill as an artist make his work devastatingly, frighteningly immediate.’
  • 46) ‘It doesn't work quickly for everyone, it depends on the acuteness of the complaint and how long it's been there.’
  • 47) ‘Another hazard of being a former president, it seems, is that you feel the force of your successors' policy reversals with all the acuteness of personal slights.’

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