The definition of cunning is something done with ingenuity or clever deception.(adjective)
An example of cunning is the way a racoon gets into a closed garbage can.
See cunning in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME, having skill, knowing < prp. of cunnen, to know: see can
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Origin: Middle English, present participle of connen, to know, from Old English cunnan; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
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Rare. skill or craftiness. —callid, adj.
crafty or deceitful practice. —jesuitic, jesuitical, adj.
subterfuge or devious and underhanded behavior; low cunning.
the art or process of gaining the advantage in situations by means of crafty or ingenious ploys.
1. the act or process of subterfuge or evasion.
2. the abandoning of a cause or belief; apostasy. —tergiversator, n.
Rare. the state or quality of being foxlike, especially crafty or cunning. —vulpine, adj.
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