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keenness

Noun

1 a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind" [syn: acuteness, acuity, sharpness]
2 a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something [syn: eagerness, avidity, avidness]
3 thinness of edge or fineness of point [syn: sharpness] [ant: dullness]

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