- sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
Origin of sentience
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Examples from the Web for sentience
Then that brought up the question of sentience: Is this Will Caster?How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon
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Our sentience just cycling through our lives like carts on a track.‘True Detective’ Episode 5 Review: ‘The Secret Fate of All Life’ is the Best Episode Yet
February 17, 2014
They are also, I might add, invariably pre-machine- sentience societies.Nerdiness from Noah: Iain M. Banks and 'The Culture'
April 6, 2013
The same is true of the sentient object so long, and only so long, as I do not take its sentience into account.
But to take the sentience into account is to sympathize, or at least the sympathy is implied in the normal or only possible case.
The Horus Stone, as though endowed with sentience, fell and rested where it had rested five thousand years before.The Mummy and Miss Nitocris
She knew well the meaning of the bonnet which actually seemed to quiver as though it had a sentience of its own.The Man
At that, the other sentience which shared the body with Mayhem snickered and lapsed into silence.A Place in the Sun
- the state or quality of being sentient; awareness
- sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception; feeling
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Word Origin and History for sentience
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