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“Wise” that’s what my mother told me the meaning of sagacious was when I got home and told her about a weird report that I had to do about the word sagacious. When I started this report I thought it was just going to be another one of those dumb things, like what my mother tries to do to increase my vocabulary. She will explain a word and its definition, and then constantly ask me what the definition is, because she thinks this is a fun way to increase my vocabulary. But this project proved to be different – it was interesting! Of the many things I found out, one thing stood out - the fact that my word constantly came up in relation to animals. When I saw this, I went to look at the Unabridged Dictionary’s definition of my word, and saw that the last of its definitions was “intelligent animals.” I found this to be odd, since logically I expected the definitions to be in the order of most common to least common, but this wasn’t true here. I did notice though, that the definitions in the dictionary were ordered from least specific to most specific, however perhaps they were just ordered in a random fashion and I was reading a conclusion into this matter that was not justified.This is something that I still do not know. At first I was eager to write this entire report without ever using anything but my computer or the school’s computer, but one day I changed my mind and went to the library. The library proved to be a much easier place to do the research for this report. All I had to do was take the books off the shelf, bring them over to the copy machine, and sort out what I needed once I got home. The only problem that I encountered in doing that was keeping track of the things I had on my laptop and the things I had on paper, a problem that I fixed by scanning everything onto the computer. I also encountered a problem when I was trying to find the etymology of my word. I didn’t understand what was meant by the definition in the etymologic dictionaries. This happened to me in multiple dictionaries. I finally decided to ask my mom for help, and she showed me how to use this type of dictionary.
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The first thing I wanted to know about my word was the definition. On page thirty two of volume IX of The Oxford English Dictionary , I found the unabridged definition. Sagacious can mean many things: having good perception, especially when in comes to your sense of smell, or being a good character judge and being able to make up shrewd plans, or as I mentioned above it could an intelligent animal. In essence sagacious means smart, but not
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