- having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
Origin of sapient
Examples from the Web for sapience
But her "sapience," as you excellently call it, passes all decent bounds.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1
Apparently they were impressed with the sapience of his remark.Angel Island
Inez Haynes Gillmore
Sapience: the Book of Wisdom, but the quotation is actually from Proverbs xx.
In its archetype it is the Divine wisdom, or sapience, manifested in the creation.
Intervention, of course, is my responsibility, but the sapience question is yours.Little Fuzzy</p>
Henry Beam Piper
- often ironic wise or sagacious
Word Origin and History for sapience
late 14c., "wisdom, understanding," from Old French sapience, from Latin sapientia "good taste, good sense, discernment; intelligence, wisdom," from sapiens (see sapient).
"wise," late 15c. (early 15c. as a surname), from Old French sapient, from Latin sapientem (nominative sapiens), present participle of sapere "to taste, have taste, be wise," from PIE root *sep- "to taste, perceive" (cf. Old Saxon an-sebban "to perceive, remark," Old High German antseffen, Old English sefa "mind, understanding, insight").