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Present active participle of sciō (I can, know, understand).


sciēns m, f, n (genitive scientis); third declension

  1. knowing, understanding
  2. conscious, aware
  3. knowledgeable, skilled
  4. (figuratively, of a woman) having sexual relations with a man.


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative sciēns scientēs scientia
Genitive scientis scientium
Dative scientī scientibus
Accusative scientem sciēns scientēs, scientīs scientia
Ablative sciente, scientī1 scientibus
Vocative sciēns scientēs scientia

1When used purely as an adjective.

Derived terms[edit]



  • sciens in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sciens in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sciens in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a good Latin scholar: bene latine doctus or sciens
    • (ambiguous) to acquire knowledge of a subject: scientia comprehendere aliquid
    • (ambiguous) to enrich a person's knowledge: scientia augere aliquem
    • (ambiguous) logic, dialectic: dialectica (-ae or -orum) (pure Latin disserendi ratio et scientia)
    • (ambiguous) geographical knowledge: regionum terrestrium aut maritimarum scientia

Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of science