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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.
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(ˌseɪpɪˈɛnʃəl; ˌsæpɪ-)
showing, having, or providing wisdom
ˌsapiˈentially adv
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sapiential - characterized by wisdom, especially the wisdom of God; "a sapiential government"
wise - having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; "a wise leader"; "a wise and perceptive comment"
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In the Floresta de Philosophos, one of the many sapiential books that circulated in fourteenth and fifteenth-century Spain, the author links pain to despair (suicide), and wrath fuels despair to cause self-harm: "El dolor trae desesperacion, e la sana y la yra encienden la voluntad [to kill himself]" (31).
When the protagonist of the Babylonian sapiential poem Ludlul bel nemeqi was cured through divine intervention, "a snake slithered by"; see Annus and Lenzi 2010: 39 (Ludlul III 49).
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In today's first reading from Wisdom, the sapiential author encourages us with the knowledge that we are not left alone to founder on our way.
The sapiential approach helps to combine the traditional, prudential configuration with modern ecclesiological developments.