Sapience vs Sentience - What's the difference?

sapience | sentience |


As nouns the difference between sapience and sentience

is that sapience is the property of being sapient, the property of possessing or being able to possess wisdom while sentience is the state or quality of being sentient; possession of consciousness or sensory awareness.

sapience

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • The property of being sapient, the property of possessing or being able to possess wisdom.
  • * 2009 , Robert Brandom, Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas
  • I then marked out three ways in which we can instead describe and demarcate ourselves in terms of the sapience that distinguishes us from the beasts of forest and field.
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    sentience

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • The state or quality of being sentient; possession of consciousness or sensory awareness.
  • * 1903 , , The Jewel of Seven Stars , ch. 5:
  • [T]he shadows . . . presently began to seem, as on last night, to have a sentience of their own.
  • * 2007 Dec. 28, Alexandra Silver, " Did This Tiger Hold a Grudge?," Time :
  • The science of animal sentience is far from a firm one; there's no way of knowing exactly what any animal is feeling.