res·​i·​pis·​cence | \ˌresəˈpisᵊn(t)s\
plural -s

Definition of resipiscence 

: change of mind or heart : reformation often : return to a sane, sound, or correct view or position

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History and Etymology for resipiscence

Late Latin resipiscentia, from Latin resipiscent-, resipiscens (present participle of resipiscere to recover one's senses, from re- + -spiscere, from sapere to taste, have sense, be wise) + -ia -y

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