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Is there an adjective to describe someone with the ability to quickly grasp/see the whole picture out of a few perceived details. This person is not detail-oriented and never fails to see the forest for the trees. Gestalt effect comes close to what I mean but I'm looking for an adjective.

  • For gestalt, the OED has derivatives only gestaltism and gestaltist. It has no adjective like gestaltic. But you could probably use that and be understood. – GEdgar Jan 26 '15 at 15:41
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    Perhaps perspicacious? – ElendilTheTall Jan 26 '15 at 15:42
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    'Visionary' would overlap with this, but it's an overworked word. 'Perceptive', 'discerning' and 'far-sighted' are synonyms. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 26 '15 at 15:42
  • @GEdgar gestaltic is good but I'm looking for a word that is not scientific. – user15851 Jan 26 '15 at 15:48
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    broad-visioned – ermanen Jan 26 '15 at 15:58
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If your point is to contrast details with the whole picture I'd suggest

holistic

This probably needs to be explicitly combined with "perception" to get the point across.

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    Holistic can't describe a person. – user15851 Jan 26 '15 at 15:50
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You could describe him or her as a "big-picture thinker" or a "big-picture person."

  • I'm looking for a single word. – user15851 Jan 26 '15 at 15:54
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One word that describes the ability to grasp and understand the entire situation is "grok" taken from Heinleins "Stranger in a strange land"

One who groks a problem or situation understands it deeply, all the way doen to the sub-atomic level.

  • OP definitely wants an adjective and grok's a verb. – tmgr Jan 22 at 22:41
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    @tmgr 'grokalicious'? – Mitch Jan 22 at 23:29
  • @Mitch If you're a Turtle, maybe... in which case, Mitchelangelo? Otherwise I'd go grokky, seeing you're asking! – tmgr Jan 22 at 23:50

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