sentient

[sen-shuhnt]
adjective
1.
having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.
2.
characterized by sensation and consciousness.
noun
3.
a person or thing that is sentient.
4.
Archaic. the conscious mind.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin sentient- (stem of sentiēns, present participle of sentīre to feel), equivalent to senti- verb stem + -ent- -ent

sentiently, adverb
nonsentient, adjective
nonsentiently, adverb
unsentient, adjective
unsentiently, adverb
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sentient (ˈsɛntɪənt)
 
adj
1.  having the power of sense perception or sensation; conscious
 
n
2.  rare a sentient person or thing
 
[C17: from Latin sentiēns feeling, from sentīre to perceive]
 
'sentiently
 
adv

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sentient
1632, "capable of feeling," from L. sentientem (nom. sentiens) "feeling," prp. of sentire "to feel" (see sense). Meaning "conscious" (of something) is from 1815.
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sentient sen·tient (sěn'shənt, -shē-ənt)
adj.

  1. Having sense perception; conscious.

  2. Experiencing sensation or feeling.

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Example sentences
Dogs are amazing and capable sentient beings, ones that deserve life as much as
  or maybe even more than their human companions.
Sentient city with close relationship with its inhabitants dies.
Pigs, chickens, and other animals raised for food are sentient beings with rich
  emotional lives.
In its maddening dash through the swirling dust the machine takes on the
  attributes of a sentient thing.
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