[sen-shuh nt ‐shee-uh nt ‐tee-uh nt]
- 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
1595–1605; < Latin sentient- (stem of sentiēns, present participle of sentīre to feel), equivalent to senti- verb stem + -ent- -ent
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- having the power of sense perception or sensation; conscious
- rare a sentient person or thing
C17: from Latin sentiēns feeling, from sentīre to perceive
Word Origin and History for nonsentient
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having sense perception; conscious.
- Experiencing sensation or feeling.