- The definition of sapient is wise or knowing.
A sage or wise man is an example of someone sapient.
- full of knowledge; wise; sagacious; discerning
- of or relating to the existing human species (Homo sapiens)
Origin: Middle English from Classical Latin sapiens, present participle of sapere, to taste, know: see sap
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sapiēns, sapient-, present participle of sapere, to taste, be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.
- saˈpi·ence noun
- saˈpi·ent·ly adverb