sa·​pi·​ence | \ ˈsā-pē-ən(t)s How to pronounce sapience (audio) , ˈsa- \

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Examples of sapience in a Sentence

the kind of sapience that comes from a lifetime of experience as an educator
Recent Examples on the Web This seeming truth is said with a kind of sleepy sapience, as though only the naïve or the self-deluded would imagine anything otherwise. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Stop Saying That Impeachment Is Political," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sapience

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sapience

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sapientia, from sapient-, sapiens, present participle

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“Sapience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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