wisdom

Wisdom is the combination of experience, knowledge and careful judgment. If you've got it, you're "wise." If you haven't, well don't worry, most of us don't either.

Wisdom is also the term we give to the sum total of a culture's knowledge and application of that knowledge, acquired over time. We talk about "the wisdom of the ancient Greeks," for example, meaning everything about their culture from their scientific and philosophical discoveries to the art and culture they created. Don't confuse wisdom with knowledge — which is merely the accumulation of facts with no sense of what meaning to make from them.

Definitions of wisdom
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n accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

Types:
abstruseness, abstrusity, profoundness, profundity, reconditeness
wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound
Type of:
cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

Synonyms:
wiseness
Antonyms:
folly, foolishness, unwiseness
the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
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judiciousness, sagaciousness, sagacity
the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
initiation, knowledgeability, knowledgeableness
wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge
diplomacy, statecraft, statesmanship
wisdom in the management of public affairs
discernment, discretion
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
caution, circumspection
the trait of being circumspect and prudent
prudence
discretion in practical affairs
Type of:
trait
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

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

Synonyms:
sapience
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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
eye
good discernment (either visually or as if visually)
common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense
sound practical judgment
judiciousness
good judgment
circumspection, discreetness, discretion, prudence
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
indiscreetness, injudiciousness
lacking good judgment
Type of:
know-how
the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something

n the quality of being prudent and sensible

Synonyms:
soundness, wiseness
Antonyms:
unsoundness
not mentally or physically healthy
Types:
advisability
the quality of being advisable
reasonableness
goodness of reason and judgment
sensibleness
the quality of showing good sense or practical judgment
Type of:
good, goodness
that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

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