Origin of acumenL, a point, sting, mental acuteness from acuere, to sharpen from Indo-European base an unverified form a?-: see acid
A person with common sense is an example of someone with acumen.
Origin of acumenLatin acūmen from acuere to sharpen from acus needle ; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The pronunciation (ə-ky&oomac;′mən), 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′yə-mən), 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”).
- Capable lawyers with business acumen are valuable to any firm.
- Had he possessed the financial acumen to go with his engineering brilliance, he would have made a fortune.
- The Pride Festival treated as a business requires business acumen and is subject to business risks.
- There was acumen displayed by our chairman.
- It was with the recording of cover versions that Miller showed his greatest marketing acumen.