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How is the word sapient distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of sapient are judicious, prudent, sage, sane, sensible, and wise. While all these words mean "having or showing sound judgment," sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment.

the sapient musings of an old philosopher

When can judicious be used instead of sapient?

The meanings of judicious and sapient largely overlap; however, judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions.

judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure

When would prudent be a good substitute for sapient?

While the synonyms prudent and sapient are close in meaning, prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion.

a prudent decision to wait out the storm

When is it sensible to use sage instead of sapient?

While in some cases nearly identical to sapient, sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom.

the sage advice of my father

Where would sane be a reasonable alternative to sapient?

In some situations, the words sane and sapient are roughly equivalent. However, sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness.

remained sane even in times of crises

In what contexts can sensible take the place of sapient?

Although the words sensible and sapient have much in common, sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality.

a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery

When is wise a more appropriate choice than sapient?

The words wise and sapient can be used in similar contexts, but wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them.

wise beyond his tender years

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“Sapient.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sapient. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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