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Definitions of Canniness

  1. Caution; crafty management.
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Usage examples for Canniness

  1. Then in the silence that followed the old captain replied, with a canniness that was almost Scotch: " On the point raised by you, O Child of Kings, I give no opinion, since you, being but a woman, if a high- born one, would not listen to me if I did, but will doubtless follow that heart of yours of which you speak to whatever end is appointed. – Queen Sheba's Ring by H. Rider Haggard
  2. It is not a mere sequence of incident; from the mixture of generosity and canniness in the fisherman who ascertains that he is to have traitor's wages before he finally decides to rescue Havelok, to the not unnatural repugnance of Goldborough at her forced wedding with a scullion, the points where character comes in are not neglected, though of course the author does not avail himself of them either in Shakespearean or in Richardsonian fashion. – The English Novel by George Saintsbury
  3. Don't give me away, but there's a man about the place here whose name is Michael, and he possesses that blend of Gallic facility with Celtic canniness that makes the Irish so wonderful as a race. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  4. As she doffed her warlike garments, her feminine canniness warned her that this was no time for explanations. – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  5. And so it came about that Major Bayne, possessing in a large measure the quality of " canniness characteristic of his race- a quality which for the benefit of the uninitiated Saxon it may be necessary to define as being a judicious blending of shrewdness and caution,- and being as well, again after the manner of his race, ambitious for his own advancement, and, furthermore, being a man of conscience, had been so entirely engrossed in the absorbing business of " watching his step" that he had paid slight heed to the affairs of any other officer, and least of all to those of the chaplain, whose functions in the battalion he had regarded, it must be confessed, as more or less formal, if not merely decorative. – The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land by Ralph Connor
  6. Where- over he gaes, there he'll tak' wi' him the canniness the meanness if ye maun call it such, his childhood taught him. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  7. But still her love purified her, and almost sanctified the strategy she practised, the lies she told, the truths she concealed, the plots she devised with the uncanny canniness of an old peasant. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
  8. The mother, Jeanne Macduff, was the daughter of a Highlander, and in Paul Jones's blood the Scotch canniness and caution of his Lowland father was united with the wild love of physical action native to his mother's race. – Paul Jones by Hutchins Hapgood
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