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Adjective: trenchant  tren-chunt
  1. Having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
    "trenchant criticism";
    - searching
  2. Characterized by or full of force and vigour
    "a trenchant argument";
    - hard-hitting
  3. Clearly or sharply defined to the mind
    "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong";
    - clear-cut, distinct

See also: clear, effective, effectual, efficacious, intelligent

Encyclopedia: Trenchant