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quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight
Judge Ackerman's legal acumen was so well regarded that he was nicknamed the "Solomon of the South".
dexterous, clever; deft
An adroit balloon-animal maker, Adrianna became popular at children's parties.
to find out, as though investigation or experimentation
The private investigator had long suspected my dog; before long, he ascertained that Toto was indeed the murderer.
Stewart is financially astute; he invests wisely and never fails for scams.
careful; prudent; discreet
Ned's circumspect manner makes him a wise appointment to the diplomatic corps.
to scatter widely, as in sowing seed
The news about Dave's embarrassing movement at the party disseminated quickly through the school; by the end of the day, everyone knew what had happened.
deep, extensive learning
Professor Rudy's erudition was such that she could answer any question her students put to her.
the application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding
After years of practicing animal husbandry, Marsha's husband was able to create a breed of dog that actually walked it self.
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
Pedro's pedantic tendencies prompted him to remind us constantly of all the grammatical rules we were breaking.
Persephone's perspicacious mind had solved so many cases that the popular private investigator was able to retire.
Never one for wild and unrealistic schemes, Matt took a pragmatic approach to research.
exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
Bobby Fisher's precocious intellect made him one of the world's best chess players before he could even drive.
Before writing my thesis, I had to submit a detailed prospectus to the department for approval.
basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development
Josh's rudimentary golf skills were easily overpowered by Tiger Wood's amazing performance on the green.