- having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
Origin of sapient
Examples from the Web for sapient
Then the sapient smile on the pot-boy's face ripened into speech.
Then the group of women at the gate separated with many a sapient comment.
Therefore why be sapient and solemn about it, like an editorial in a newspaper?The Tragic Muse
(p. 012) "No, most sapient Jacques: fortunately I do not need comfort as you do."The Youth of Jefferson
J. E. Cooke.
And the skipper gave his head a sapient nod, while the doctor shook his.The Ocean Cat's Paw
George Manville Fenn
- often ironic wise or sagacious
Word Origin and History for 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").