- The definition of acumen is the ability to quickly and accurately understand and deal with a situation or choice.
A person with common sense is an example of someone with acumen.
keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a situation; shrewdness
Origin of acumenClassical Latin a point, sting, mental acuteness ; from acuere, to sharpen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form a-: see acid
Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight: “A brilliant acumen in agricultural matters &ellipsis; had made the old man a legend in the district” (James Herriot).
Origin of acumenLatin acūmen, from acuere, to sharpen, from acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: The pronunciation (&schwa;-ky&oomac;′m&schwa;n), with stress on the second syllable, is an older, traditional pronunciation reflecting the word's Latin origin. The Anglicized pronunciation with stress on the first syllable, (ăk′y&schwa;-m&schwa;n), was accepted as standard by the entire Usage Panel in the 1997 survey and was the preferred pronunciation of two thirds of the Panelists. The older pronunciation was considered unacceptable by 40 percent of the Panel, suggesting that eventually this pronunciation will fall into disuse.
- Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination.
From Latin acūmen (“sharp point”).