sapient

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From Old French sapient, or its source, Latin sapiēns.

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sapient ‎(comparative more sapient, superlative most sapient)

  1. Attempting to appear wise or discerning.
    • 1890, Henry James, The Tragic Muse.
      "... A man would blush to say to himself in the darkness of the night the things he stands up on a platform in the garish light of day to stuff into the ears of a multitude whose intelligence he pretends that he esteems.... Therefore, why be sapient and solemn about it, like an editorial in a newspaper?" Nick added, with a smile.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 217:
      In Europe I had been told by sapient academics that there wasn't really any class system in the United States: well, you couldn't prove that by the conditions in California's agribusinesses, or indeed its urban factories.
  2. (dated) Possessing wisdom and discernment; wise, learned.
  3. (chiefly science fiction) Of a species or life-form, possessing intelligence or self-awareness.
    • 1962 January, Piper, Henry Beam, “Naudsonce”, Analog Science Fact and Science Fiction, volume 68, number 5, page 9:
      It was inhabited by a sapient humanoid race, and some of them were civilized enough to put it in Class V, and Colonial Office doctrine on Class V planets was rigid.

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sapient ‎(plural sapients)

  1. (chiefly science fiction) An intelligent, self-aware being.
    • 1960, Farmer, Philip José, A Woman a Day, page 30:
      It seemed to him a possibility that the Cold War Corps of March might have contacted hitherto unknown sapients on some just discovered interstellar planet.

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin sapiēns. Compare savant

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sapient m

  1. wise; sapient

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin sapiēns, sapientis.

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sapient

  1. (rare) learned, wise

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