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 for astute
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Astute \As*tute"\, a. [L. astutus, fr. astus craft, cunning;
     perh. cognate with E. acute.]
     Critically discerning; sagacious; shrewd; subtle; crafty.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Keen; eagle-eyed; penetrating; skilled; discriminating;
          cunning; sagacious; subtle; wily; crafty.
          [1913 Webster] As*tute"ly, adv. -- As*tute"ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  astute
      adj 1: marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a smart
             businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small
             print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with
             them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow"
             [syn: astute, sharp, shrewd]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "astute":
     Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, adroit, alert, apperceptive,
     appercipient, arch, argute, artful, cagey, calculating, canny,
     clever, cogent, crafty, cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep-laid,
     designing, diplomatic, discerning, discreet, farseeing, farsighted,
     feline, foreseeing, foresighted, forethoughted, forethoughtful,
     foxy, guileful, heady, incisive, ingenious, insidious, insightful,
     intelligent, inventive, judicious, keen, knowing, knowledgeable,
     longheaded, longsighted, observant, pawky, penetrating, perceptive,
     percipient, perspicacious, perspicuous, piercing, politic,
     provident, prudent, quick, quick-witted, ready, resourceful,
     sagacious, sage, savvy, scheming, serpentine, sharp, shifty,
     shrewd, slick, slippery, sly, smooth, snaky, sneaky, sophistical,
     stealthy, strategic, subtile, subtle, supple, tactical, trenchant,
     trickish, tricksy, tricky, underhand, underhanded, understanding,
     vulpine, wary, wily, wise
  
  

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