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Having great wisdom and discernment.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sapiēns, sapient-, present participle of sapere, to taste, be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]

sa′pi·ence n.
sa′pi·ent′ial (-ĕn′chəl) adj.
sa′pi·ent·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sapience - ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
deepness, astuteness, profoundness, profundity, depth - the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
sagaciousness, sagacity, discernment, judgement, judgment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
know-how - the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something


Deep, thorough, or mature understanding:
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So sang the Hierarchies: Mean while the Son On his great Expedition now appeer'd, Girt with Omnipotence, with Radiance crown'd Of Majestie Divine, Sapience and Love Immense, and all his Father in him shon.
He had a great eye for planning a horse's future and in the case of the horses of my racing partner, the Marquesa de Moratalla, his plans so often came to fruition, notably in the cases of Trainglot in the Cesarewitch and Sapience in the Ebor.
The doubts expressed about the ground earlier in the week by connections were borne out by Kieren Fallon, who was also attempting to win his first St Leger, having finished runner-up on Sapience when the race was run at Ayr in 1989.
The 11-time champion jockey, who retires at the end of the season, had his first ride in the big York handicap as a 5lb-claiming apprentice in 1969 and won it on Sapience in 1989 and Give The Slip three years ago.
long-time patron of the FitzGerald yard with such horses as Sybillin, Sapience and Trainglot.
He coached major handicap winners Evichstar and Treasure Hunter, Sapience, who rose from gambled-on Ebor glory to finish runner-up in a St Leger en route
Big-race Flat winners Kayudee (1985 Cesarewitch), Sapience (1989 Ebor Handicap,1990 Princess of Wales's Stakes, 1992 Jockey Club Stakes) Trainglot (1990
lMichael Roberts, back in action after missing the last four days, lands a double at Newbury as Shambo (Clive Brittain) beats Sapience (David Elsworth/Ray Cochrane) in the Geoffrey Freer, and Cradle Days (Richard Hannon) is too strong for Yes (David Thom/Kim McDonnell, 7lb) in the sprint handicap.
There is a York treble for Michael Stoute and Pat Eddery when Rock Hopper beats Sapience (David Elsworth/Ray Cochrane) in the Yorkshire Cup, Mizaaya just catches Hannon and Roberts with Sky Hunter in the seven-furlong handicap, and Polish Blue sees off Binkhaldoun (Tom Jones/Richard Hills) in the ten-furlong graduation.
Exactly where was the Sapience of those who rained the deadliest weapons onto the most innocent human children and their mothers at what a European film maker later lamented as Hiroshima mon amour (emotive French words which we might translate as "Hiroshima Darling")?
With the exception of dutiful TV appearances during the election campaigns, Merkel speaks so little to the Germans that it appears she doesn't have anything to say, or doesn't see a reason to explain herself or doesn't deem it necessary to convince anyone of her sapience.