Use the formal adjective, sagacious, to describe someone who is wise and insightful like an advisor to the president or a Supreme Court justice.

  • Pronunciation: / sə'ɡeʃəs/
  • English Description: having or prompted by wisdom or discernment
  • Chinese Translation: 睿智的(rui4 zhi4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: sagaz
  • STORY: Someone like an inspirational leader or an expert in a field who seeks knowledge and has foresight can be described as sagacious. If you comment on something at a deeper level, you are making a sagacious observation. The word is a descendent of Latin sagus "prophetic" and is related to the Old English word seek. Synonyms include discerning, insightfuland another formal word perspicacious.


  • Students may benefit more from a sagacious senior than they do from many a thirsty, young tenure-track careerist.
  • Instead, it demonstrates how a sagacious musician could create his own style through the syntax of others.

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