Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being sapient; wisdom; sageness; profound knowledge; also, practical wisdom; common prudence: often used ironically.
  • noun The reasonable soul; the intellective faculty; that which distinguishes men from brutes; reason.
  • noun The sense of taste, or intelligence compared to taste.
  • noun The apocryphal Book of Wisdom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being sapient; wisdom; sageness; knowledge.

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  • noun The property of being sapient, the property of possessing or being able to possess wisdom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

Etymologies

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Old French sapience, from Latin sapientia.

Examples

  • First of all, he claims ignorance on the part of whether or not fetuses are sentient and I was making the common error of confusing sentience with sapience, which is what I think most people consider for what has rights as his primary excuse for supporting abortion and in his words, “only the Christian Right argues against that.”

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  • The strength and truculency of the vested interests with which he would have to deal were too much for a man whose nerve was weakened by philosophy and experience, and Laelius by his retreat justified, if he did not gain, the soubriquet which proclaimed his "sapience". [

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  • Protagonists are a blind girl whose recovery of her sight triggers the emergence of an Internet-based sapience, an artistic chimpanzee and a dissident behind the Great Firewall of China.

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  • Protagonists are a blind girl whose recovery of her sight triggers the emergence of an Internet-based sapience, an artistic chimpanzee and a dissident behind the Great Firewall of China.

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  • Protagonists are a blind girl whose recovery of her sight triggers the emergence of an Internet-based sapience, an artistic chimpanzee and a dissident behind the Great Firewall of China.

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  • Protagonists are a blind girl whose recovery of her sight triggers the emergence of an Internet-based sapience, an artistic chimpanzee and a dissident behind the Great Firewall of China.

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  • Confusing sentience and sapience, awareness and intellect, they schism the self, imagine reason as the pilot of this intransigent meat-robot, this beast of a machine with its wayward impulses that must be reined in, restrained and redirected, repressed.

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