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Brainpower vs Perspicacity - What's the difference?

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Brainpower is a related term of perspicacity.

As nouns the difference between brainpower and perspicacity

is that brainpower is mental ability; intelligence while perspicacity is acute discernment or understanding; insight.




  • Mental ability; intelligence.
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  • You know all this kerfuffle about Jordan and Peter Andre, and how you don’t know if they’re really splitting up or it’s just an act, and how you can’t be bothered to find out because wasting even a fraction of your brainpower on those bright orange clueless dicksplats would make you just as bad as them and you’d feel duty-bound to fling yourself under an industrial threshing machine as penance? You do? Good.
  • Intelligent people considered as a group.
  • perspicacity



  • Acute discernment or understanding; insight.
  • * 1904 , (Jack London), The Sea-Wolf , ch. 8:
  • "I understand," I said. "The fact is that you have the money." His face brightened. He seemed pleased at my perspicacity .
  • The human faculty or power to mentally grasp or understand clearly.
  • * 1856 , "Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey," The Quarterly Review , vol. 98, p. 458:
  • His very veneration for his father-in-law, combined as it is with a total want of the most ordinary perspicacity , is an additional disqualification.
  • * 1888 , "Review of La suggestion mentale'' by H. Bourru and P. Burot," ''The American Journal of Psychology , vol. 1 no. 3, p. 503:
  • As the former consists in the transmission of psychic states inappreciable to the normal perspicacity or senses, the transfer cannot pass through the medium of intelligence.
  • (obsolete) Keen eyesight.
  • * 1833 , John Harrison Curtis, A Treatise on the Physiology and Diseases of the Eye , London, Longman, p. 138:
  • Attentive consideration of the phenomena of vision has led to the invention of artificial aids by which the sight may be wonderfully strengthened and preserved, and man endowed at once with the perspicacity of the eagle or the minute scrutiny of the insect.


    * * * * "perspicacity" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007) * Oxford English Dictionary , second edition (1989) * Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)