the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
scholarly knowledge or learning: the wisdom of the schools.
wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
a wise act or saying.
(initial capital letter) Douay Bible. Wisdom of Solomon.

before 900; Middle English, Old English wīsdōm; cognate with Old Norse vīsdōmr, German Weistum. See wise1, -dom

wisdomless, adjective

1. sense, understanding. 2. sapience, erudition, enlightenment. See information.

1. stupidity. 2. ignorance.
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wisdom (ˈwɪzdəm)
1.  the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight
2.  accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment
3.  archaic a wise saying or wise sayings or teachings
4.  obsolete soundness of mind
Related: sagacious
[Old English wīsdōm; see wise1, -dom]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wisdom, from wis (see wise (adj.)) + -dom. A common Gmc. compound (cf. O.S., O.Fris. wisdom, O.N. visdomr, O.H.G. wistuom "wisdom," Ger. Weistum "judicial sentence serving as a precedent"). Wisdom teeth so called from 1848 (earlier teeth of wisdom,
1668), a loan-translation of L. dentes sapientiæ, itself a loan-transl. of Gk. sophronisteres (used by Hippocrates, from sophron "prudent, self-controlled"), so called because they usually appear ages 17-25, when a person reaches adulthood.
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Example sentences
We also need to ask why the common wisdom seems to be the opposite.
The conventional wisdom that prevailed until recently made a lot more sense.
We cannot reach any agreed wisdom by reducing these writers to their lowest
  common denominator.
There is in wildness a natural wisdom that shapes all earth's experiments with
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