1. One who is skilled in feats of balance and agility in gymnastics.
2. One who changes one's viewpoint on short notice in response to the circumstances.
[French acrobate, from Greek akrobatēs : akros, high; see ACRO- + bainein, bat-, to walk; see gwā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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