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From sciēns, present participle of sciō (to know, understand) +‎ -ia.



scientia f (genitive scientiae); first declension

  1. knowledge
    1597, Sir Francis Bacon, Meditationes Sacrae:
    Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.
    And thus knowledge itself is power.


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative scientia scientiae
Genitive scientiae scientiārum
Dative scientiae scientiīs
Accusative scientiam scientiās
Ablative scientiā scientiīs
Vocative scientia scientiae




  1. nominative neuter plural of sciēns
  2. accusative neuter plural of sciēns
  3. vocative neuter plural of sciēns


  • scientia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • scientia in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • scientia in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • scientia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to possess literary knowledge: litterarum scientiam (only in sing.) habere
    • to acquire knowledge of a subject: scientiam alicuius rei consequi
    • (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