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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun keenness:


Definition of the noun keenness

What does keenness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: keennesses

  1. a quick and penetrating intelligence
  2. a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
  3. thinness of edge or fineness of point

Alternative definition of the noun keenness


  1. sharpness or cutting ability
  2. astuteness or sagacity

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Keenness

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Google previewTruity (2013)

The Essence of Truth by Abram Allen

So, keenness is a positive attribute, and a requirement for leadership. It means having an edge, exercising foresight and having ideas to reason with. It defines our spirit and gets us closer to Truth. We all should be keen, live alert and enjoy life ...

Google previewThe Dream Cafe (2015)

Lessons in the Art of Radical Innovation by Duncan Bruce, Geoff Crook

Keenness is a characteristic that has gone out of fashion in big business because it can suggest naivety or immaturity – perhaps worse. In the great big manual of predictable management, a keen employee is not a team player – because they ...

Google previewUniversity Musical Encyclopedia: Musicians' practical instructor (1914)

by Louis Charles Elson

Temperament, individuality, force, dramatic ability, perseverance, industry, keenness, and ambition, ...

Google previewFuldstændigt dansk og engelsk haand-lexicon (1807)

by Christian Friderick Bay

Skarphed, Sharpness, Keenness, Smartness, Severity, Stri8tness. (V ædskers) Sharpness, Tartness, Acrimony. (Skedevands) Corrosiveness, Mordacity. (Synets ), the Sharpness or Quickness of Sight. (Befalings). Strickness of an Order.

Google previewA Rhyming Dictionary (1824)

Answering at the Same Time, the Purposes of Spelling and Pronouncing the English Language ... [with] an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

Sharp'ness Keenness; severity; painfulness, s. Crisp'ness Curledness; brittleness , s.

Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

Keenness is as necessary to the making of a good lawyer as religion in a minister . W. Haxiff. We should treat...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

rape, rave, row acuity astuteness, edge, keenness, sharpness, wit acumen acuteness, astuteness, clevemess, discernment, discrimination, esprit, flair, ingenuity, insight, intelligence, judgement, keenness, knowledge, penetration, perception ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils Oeijord

instincts keenness, keenness instinct keeping your distance, keepingyourdistance (defending your personal space) instinct kenophobia, kenophobia ...

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Keenness Meaning

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Scrabble value of K5E1E1N1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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