Sapience is the quality of being wise, or wisdom. When voters are choosing a candidate, they usually hope for one with at least a degree of sapience.

Many people believe that when we grow older, our sapience also increases as we gain experience and knowledge. Sapience in an important quality in a good teacher or mentor, since students can benefit from that wisdom. Sapience is an Old French word that comes from the Latin sapientia, "good taste, good sense, intelligence, or wisdom." The Proto-Indo-European root is sep-, "to taste or to perceive."

Definitions of sapience

n ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

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astuteness, deepness, depth, profoundness, profundity
the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
good discernment (either visually or as if visually)
common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense
sound practical judgment
good judgment
circumspection, discreetness, discretion, prudence
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
indiscreetness, injudiciousness
lacking good judgment
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the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something

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