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sententia

[ sen-ten-shee-uh, -shuh ]
/ sɛnˈtɛn ʃi ə, -ʃə /
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noun, plural sen·ten·ti·ae [sen-ten-shee-ee]. /sɛnˈtɛn ʃiˌi/.

an aphorism; maxim.

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Origin of sententia

First recorded in 1915–20; from Latin sententia; see origin at sentence
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