sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
Also, sentiency.

1830–40; senti(ent) + -ence

nonsentience, noun
nonsentiency, noun Unabridged
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sentience or sentiency (ˈsɛnʃəns)
1.  the state or quality of being sentient; awareness
2.  sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception; feeling
sentiency or sentiency

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Example sentences
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.
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