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[in-sip-ee-uh ns] /ɪnˈsɪp i əns/
noun, Archaic.
lack of wisdom; foolishness.
Origin of insipience
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin insipientia foolishness, equivalent to insipient- stem of insipiēns foolish (in- in-3 + -sipient-, combining form of sapient- sapient) + -ia; see -ence
Related forms
insipient, adjective
insipiently, adverb
Can be confused
incipient, insipid, insipient. Unabridged
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(archaic) lack of wisdom
Derived Forms
insipient, adjective
insipiently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin insipientia, from in-1 + sapientia wisdom; see sapient
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Word Origin and History for insipience

early 15c., "lack of wisdom, foolishness," from Old French insipience, from Latin insipientia "folly," from insipientem (see insipient).

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