keenness 1520s, from KEEN (Cf. keen) (adj.) + -NESS (Cf. -ness).

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  • Keenness — Keen ness, n. The quality or state of being keen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • keenness — index insight, intelligence (intellect), judgment (discernment), predisposition, rigor, sagacity …   Law dictionary

  • keenness — Ⅰ. keen [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) eager; enthusiastic. 2) (keen on) interested in or attracted by. 3) (of a blade) sharp. 4) mentally acute or quick. 5) Brit. (of prices) very low; competitive …   English terms dictionary

  • keenness — noun 1. a quick and penetrating intelligence (Freq. 1) he argued with great acuteness I admired the keenness of his mind • Syn: ↑acuteness, ↑acuity, ↑sharpness • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • keenness — noun see keen I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • keenness — See keenly. * * * …   Universalium

  • keenness — noun a) sharpness or cutting ability b) astuteness or sagacity …   Wiktionary

  • keenness — Synonyms and related words: absolute zero, acerbity, acidity, acidness, acidulousness, acridity, acrimony, acuity, acumen, acumination, acuteness, adroitness, agility, alacrity, alertness, algidity, animation, anxiety, anxiousness, appetite,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • keenness — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. insight, sharpness, shrewdness; see acumen , judgment 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. A cutting quality: bite, edge, incisiveness, sharpness, sting. See SHARP. 2. Skill in perceiving, discriminating, or judging:… …   English dictionary for students

  • keenness —  but keenest …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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