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sapient

[ sey-pee-uhnt ]
/ ˈseɪ pi ənt /
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adjective

having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
having or showing self-awareness: sapient life forms.

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Origin of sapient

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English sapyent, from Latin sapient- (stem of sapiēns, present participle of sapere “to be wise,” literally, “to taste, have taste”), equivalent to sapi- verb stem + -ent- adjective suffix; see -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM sapient

sa·pi·ence, sa·pi·en·cy, nounsa·pi·ent·ly, adverbun·sa·pi·ent, adjectiveun·sa·pi·ent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sapient

sapient
/ (ˈseɪpɪənt) /

adjective

often ironic wise or sagacious

Derived forms of sapient

sapience, nounsapiently, adverb

Word Origin for sapient

C15: from Latin sapere to taste
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