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2 definitions found
 for acuteness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Acuteness \A*cute"ness\, n.
     1. The quality of being acute or pointed; sharpness; as, the
        acuteness of an angle. AS
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     2. The faculty of nice discernment or perception; acumen;
        keenness; sharpness; sensitiveness; -- applied to the
        senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we
        perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness
        of intellect, we discern fine distinctions.
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              Perhaps, also, he felt his professional acuteness
              interested in bringing it to a successful close.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     3. Shrillness; high pitch; -- said of sounds.
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     4. (Med.) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to
        a crisis. AS
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     Syn: Penetration; sagacity; keenness; ingenuity; shrewdness;
          subtlety; sharp-wittedness.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  acuteness
      n 1: a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed; "dogs have
           a remarkable acuteness of smell"
      2: a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great
         acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind" [syn:
         acuteness, acuity, sharpness, keenness]
      3: the quality of having a sharp edge or point [ant:
         obtuseness]

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