- lack of wisdom; foolishness.
Origin of insipience
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In other words it is the negative quality of passiveness either in recoverable latency or insipient latescence.What Is Man? And Other Stories
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- archaic lack of wisdom
C15: from Latin insipientia, from in- 1 + sapientia wisdom; see sapient
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Word Origin and History for insipient
early 15c., "lack of wisdom, foolishness," from Old French insipience, from Latin insipientia "folly," from insipientem (see insipient).
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