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ˈsɛn ʃəntsen·tient

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sentient, animateadjective

    endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

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

  2. sentientadjective

    consciously perceiving

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


  1. sentientnoun

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

  2. sentientadjective

    Conscious or aware.

  3. sentientadjective

    Experiencing sensation or feeling.

  4. sentientadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sentientadjective

    Perceiving; having perception.

    Etymology: sentiens, Latin.

    This acting of the sentient phantasy is performed by a presence of sense, as the horse is under the sense of hunger, and that without any formal syllogism presseth him to eat. Matthew Hale.

  2. Sentientnoun

    He that has perception.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    If the sentient be carried, passibus æquis, with the body, whose motion it would observe, supposing it regular, the remove is insensible. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.


  1. sentient

    Sentience is the capacity to experience feelings and sensations. The word was first coined by philosophers in the 1630s for the concept of an ability to feel, derived from Latin sentientem (a feeling), to distinguish it from the ability to think (reason). In modern Western philosophy, sentience is the ability to experience sensations. In different Asian religions, the word 'sentience' has been used to translate a variety of concepts. In science fiction, the word "sentience" is sometimes used interchangeably with "sapience", "self-awareness", or "consciousness".Some writers differentiate between the mere ability to perceive sensations, such as light or pain, and the ability to perceive emotions, such as fear or grief. The subjective awareness of experiences by a conscious individual are known as qualia in Western philosophy.


  1. sentient

    Sentient refers to the ability to perceive or feel things. It is often used to describe a creature or being who possesses consciousness, experiences sensations, feelings, or subjective awareness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sentientadjective

    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. Sentientnoun

    one who has the faculty of perception; a sentient being

  3. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of sentient in a Sentence

  1. Optimus Prime:

    Freedom is the right of all Sentient Beings

  2. Leah Bessa:

    We decided to focus on an industry [ food ] that is under a lot of pressure due to animal welfare and environmental concerns, insects aren't sentient beings, and they only grow in the conditions in which they thrive, so the farming conditions cater to their animal welfare needs.

  3. Steve Asmussen:

    We are eagerly anticipating Tenfold’s running at the 2018 Belmont Stakes, a significant race in the circuit and one where we’re confident his skills will be showcased, we thank Sentient Jet and Homes For Our Troops for choosing us to be a part of this important movement and look forward to giving them and their guests a solid contender to root for come race day.

  4. 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.

  5. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    The stars blink their existence into the world in sentient binary codes.

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