[ in-sip-ee-uh ns ]
/ ɪnˈsɪp i əns /

noun Archaic.

lack of wisdom; foolishness.

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

incipient insipid insipient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insipient

  • 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 insipient


/ (ɪnˈsɪpɪəns) /


archaic lack of wisdom

Derived Forms

insipient, adjectiveinsipiently, adverb

Word Origin for insipience

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