- having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.
- characterized by sensation and consciousness.
- a person or thing that is sentient.
- Archaic. the conscious mind.
Origin of sentient
Examples from the Web for sentient
What is the quality of the sentient light they encounter, that “shines not burns”?Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven
October 8, 2014
Add Jews and Muslims to the mix, and a monotheistic belief in a sentient higher power is practically universal in the U.S.How Liberals Abandoned Religion to the Fundamentalist Right
May 11, 2014
Moreover, taking the life of a sentient being is repugnant, a sin that prevents many devout Buddhists from slaughtering animals.Violence on Everest
Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan
May 2, 2013
It was sentient, it was alive and aware and waiting, and it was listening.We're Friends, Now
As usual he addressed the dog as though he were a sentient being.'Smiles'
Eliot H. Robinson
It came to me just now like a sentient thing—like something human.The Shadow World
Of all sentient creatures in that deluge he was suffering most.Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
What if some other awareness did inhabit the universe, sentient—and lonely?Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
- having the power of sense perception or sensation; conscious
- rare a sentient person or thing
Word Origin and History for sentient
1630s, "capable of feeling," from Latin sentientem (nominative sentiens) "feeling," present participle of sentire "to feel" (see sense (n.)). Meaning "conscious" (of something) is from 1815.
- Having sense perception; conscious.
- Experiencing sensation or feeling.