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sentience

[sen-shuh ns] /ˈsɛn ʃəns/
noun
1.
sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
Also, sentiency.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; senti(ent) + -ence
Related forms
nonsentience, noun
nonsentiency, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sentiency

sentience

/ˈsɛnʃəns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being sentient; awareness
2.
sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception; feeling
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Word Origin and History for sentiency

sentience

n.

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

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