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acuteness

Noun

1 a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind" [syn: acuity, sharpness, keenness]
2 the quality of having a sharp edge or point [ant: obtuseness]

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English

Noun

  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. Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.
  5. Shrewdness, quickness of mind
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