[ sey-pee-uh nt ]
/ ˈseɪ pi ənt /


having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.

Origin of sapient

1425–75; late Middle English sapyent < Latin sapient- (stem of sapiēns, present participle of sapere to be wise, literally, to taste, have taste), equivalent to sapi- verb stem + -ent- -ent

Related forms

sa·pi·ence, sa·pi·en·cy, nounsa·pi·ent·ly, adverbun·sa·pi·ent, adjectiveun·sa·pi·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sapient


/ (ˈseɪpɪənt) /


often ironic wise or sagacious

Derived Forms

sapience, nounsapiently, adverb

Word Origin for sapient

C15: from Latin sapere to taste
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