I'm looking for a word like curious or inquisitive. But those are traits and they seem more... naturally born.

I'm looking for the name of a learned skill that means that you're good at asking the right questions and analyzing things.

A sample sentence would be:

We wanted her on our case competition team because she was good at _____.

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    Hello, Sritej, you are no stranger here. You should provide some context, and a sample sentence as the SWR tag requires. Jan 28, 2019 at 22:47
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    Are you looking for a noun, an adjective, or something else? Jan 28, 2019 at 23:08
  • @JasonBassford I was looking for a noun specifically. Jack provided "critical thinking" which I didn't consider at first, but it fits my use case! Jan 29, 2019 at 7:28

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"Critical thinking" is a learned skill.

This is a thorough definition by The Foundation for Critical Thinking:

Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism

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