As*tute" (#), a. [L. astutus, fr. astus craft, cunning; perh. cognate with E. acute.]

Critically discerning; sagacious; shrewd; subtle; crafty.

Syn. -- Keen; eagle-eyed; penetrating; skilled; discriminating; cunning; sagacious; subtle; wily; crafty.

As*tute"ly, adv. -- As*tute"ness, n.

 

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