What does sentient mean?

Definitions for sentientˈsɛn ʃənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sentient.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sentient, animate(adj)

    endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

    "the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage"- T.E.Lawrence

  2. sentient(adj)

    consciously perceiving

    "sentient of the intolerable load"; "a boy so sentient of his surroundings"- W.A.White


  1. sentient(Noun)

    Lifeform with the capability to feel sensation, such as pain.

  2. sentient(Adjective)

    Conscious or aware.

  3. sentient(Adjective)

    Experiencing sensation or feeling.

  4. sentient(Adjective)

    (Primarily in Science Fiction) Possessing human-like intelligence.

  5. Origin: From sentiens, present active participle of sentio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sentient(adj)

    having a faculty, or faculties, of sensation and perception. Specif. (Physiol.), especially sensitive; as, the sentient extremities of nerves, which terminate in the various organs or tissues

  2. Sentient(noun)

    one who has the faculty of perception; a sentient being

  3. Origin: [L. sentiens, -entis, p. pr. of sentire to discern or perceive by the senses. See Sense.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sentient

    sen′shi-ent, adj. discerning by the senses: having the faculty of perception and sensation: (phys.) noting those parts which on stimulation give rise to sensation.—n. the mind as capable of feeling.—ns Sen′tience, Sen′tiency.—adv. Sen′tiently, in a sentient or perceptive manner.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sentient in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sentient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Patrick Pendville:

    I totally refuse (that) name, i eagerly wait for when a pet is considered to be sentient and not an expired common commodity when it dies.

  2. Amit Ray:

    The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.

  3. Vanna Bonta:

    The primary dues a writer or any artist pays is to remain sentient, and to forfeit the illusionary luxury of such anesthetics as avoidance, numbness, and denials.

  4. Williams Grey:

    Reducing a beautiful, sentient whale to an ingredient on the side of a beer bottle is about as immoral and outrageous as it is possible to get, the brewery may claim that this is just a novelty product with a short shelf life, but what price the life of an endangered whale which might have lived to be 90 years?

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