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insipience

[ in-sip-ee-uhns ]
/ ɪnˈsɪp i əns /
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noun Archaic.

lack of wisdom; foolishness.

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Origin of insipience

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

OTHER WORDS FROM insipience

in·sip·i·ent, adjectivein·sip·i·ent·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH insipience

incipient, insipid, insipient
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Example sentences from the Web for insipience

  • In other words it is the negative quality of passiveness either in recoverable latency or insipient latescence.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for insipience

insipience
/ (ɪnˈsɪpɪəns) /

noun

archaic lack of wisdom

Derived forms of insipience

insipient, adjectiveinsipiently, adverb

Word Origin for insipience

C15: from Latin insipientia, from in- 1 + sapientia wisdom; see sapient
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