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1 the power of creative imagination [syn: inventiveness, ingeniousness, ingenuity]
2 intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty [syn: brightness, smartness]
3 the property of being ingenious; "a plot of great ingenuity"; "the cleverness of its design" [syn: ingenuity, ingeniousness]

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  1. Being clever

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being clever, mentally sharp

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