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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Definitions for sapient

  1. Wise; sage; discerning.

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Citations for sapient
By actual measurement they are the brainiest of birds, and on subjective evidence they seem more sapient than most other living creatures. David Quammen, New York Times
He also gives much of the book over to the voice and point of view of Wyatt's bright, quirky Aunt Ellen, who functions as a sapient observer of the world of the novel. Lorrie Moore, New York Times
Origin of sapient
late Middle English
1425-1475
Sapient comes from Latin sapiens, sapient-, present participle of sapere, "to taste, to have sense, to know."