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[sen-shuh ns] /ˈsɛn ʃəns/
sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
Origin of sentience
1830-40; senti(ent) + -ence
Related forms
nonsentience, noun
nonsentiency, noun Unabridged
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  • His body was bruised and bloated, his mind losing its sentience.
  • sentience seems to be an interesting experiment, but leads to behaviors in the species that are averse to long-term survival.
  • But even if full-blown sentience was a silly idea, research on plant communication gathered.
  • It also makes clear that sentience is mortal, there is no afterlife where dinosaurs still roam.
  • They have gotten so good at this imitation of sentience that they can often actually appear intelligent.
  • We should draw distinctions based on levels of intelligence, emotional development, and sentience.
  • It obviously takes some experience of living for sentience to develop after birth.
  • If delivered by some dangerous procedure, they may be vegetables with no sign of sentience.
  • Apparently these readers missed that the irrelevance of pigs' sentience is the whole point.
  • Neurology and science in general have totally failed thus far to explain consciousness, sentience, and the subjective experience.
British Dictionary definitions for sentience


the state or quality of being sentient; awareness
sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception; feeling
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Word Origin and History for sentience

1817, "faculty of sense; feeling, consciousness;" see sentient + -ence. Related: Sentiency (1796).

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