Meaning of acumen


If you have acumen, you are very sharp at what you do. You hope your accountant and your surgeon are both known for their acumen.

The noun acumen comes from the Latin word acumen, meaning “a point,” or “sting.” If you are able to make pointed decisions, if you have a sharp intellect, if you make good strategic moves, if you are successful in your field, or if your business instincts are spot-on, you have acumen. Even if you inherit an entire wholesale furniture dynasty from your grandfather, you could end up with nothing if you don’t have his business acumen.

Definitions of acumen
  1. noun

    shrewdness shown by keen insight



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    type of:

    astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness

    intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

  2. noun

    a tapering point

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    type of:

    enation, plant process

    a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ

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