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Meaning of ACUTENESS

Pronunciation:  uky'ootnus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of having a sharp edge or point
  2. [n]  a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"

ACUTENESS is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: acuity, keenness, sharpness
 Antonyms: obtuseness
 See Also: intelligence, keenness, sharpness, steel trap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*cute"ness\, n.
1. The quality of being acute or pointed; sharpness; as, the
   acuteness of an angle.

2. 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.

         Perhaps, also, he felt his professional acuteness
         interested in bringing it to a successful close.
                                               --Sir W.

3. Shrillness; high pitch; -- said of sounds.

4. (Med.) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to
   a crisis.

Syn: Penetration; sagacity; keenness; ingenuity; shrewdness;
     subtlety; sharp-wittedness.