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Examples of sapient in a Sentence
an uncle who is always good for valuable insights and some sapient advice
Did You Know?
Human beings certainly like to think they're wise, and, in fact, the term "Homo sapiens" ("humankind") comes in part from the Latin word sapiens, meaning "wise" or "intelligent." "Sapiens" in turn comes from the verb "sapere," which means "to be wise" (and which also gave us "sage" and "savant"). "Sapiens" and "sapere" are also ancestors of our adjective "sapient," of course. "Sapient" came to us from Latin by way of Middle French and has been used in English to mean "wise" since the 15th century. In recent times it also has been used in anthropological contexts to mean "characteristic of modern humans."
Synonymsdiscerning, insightful, perceptive, prudent, sagacious, sage, wise
Related Wordsacute, penetrating, percipient, perspicacious; experienced; discriminating, discriminative; brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, smart; cerebral, erudite, knowledgeable, learned, literate, scholarly; astute, clearheaded, piercing, sharp, shrewd; contemplative, reflective, thoughtful
Near Antonymsdense, dull, obtuse, purblind, woodenheaded; brainless, dumb, feebleminded, foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), knuckleheaded, moronic, silly, simple, slow, slow-witted, stupid, thoughtless, unintelligent, witless; undiscriminating
Synonym Discussion of sapient
- wise beyond his tender years
- the sage advice of my father
- the sapient musings of an old philosopher
- judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure
- a prudent decision to wait out the storm
- a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery
- remained sane even in times of crises
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