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English noun: keenness

1. keenness (cognition) a quick and penetrating intelligence


SamplesHe argued with great acuteness.
I admired the keenness of his mind.


Synonymsacuity, acuteness, sharpness


Broader (hypernym)intelligence


Narrower (hyponym)steel trap

2. keenness (feeling) a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something


Synonymsavidity, avidness, eagerness


Broader (hypernym)enthusiasm


Narrower (hyponym)ardor, ardour, elan, zeal

3. keenness (attribute) thinness of edge or fineness of point


Synonymssharpness


Broader (hypernym)configuration, conformation, contour, form, shape


Narrower (hyponym)acuteness


Attributesharp


Antonymsbluntness, dullness









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