astute 1610s, from L. astutus "crafty, wary, shrewd; sagacious, expert," from astus "cunning, cleverness, adroitness," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Gk. asty "town," a word borrowed into Latin and with an overtone of "city sophistication" (Cf. ASTEISM (Cf. asteism)). Related: Astutely; astuteness.

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