sentience

[ sen-shuh ns ]
/ ˈsɛn ʃəns /

noun

sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.

Nearby words

  1. sentential function,
  2. sententially,
  3. sententious,
  4. sententiously,
  5. senti,
  6. sentient,
  7. sentiently,
  8. sentiment,
  9. sentimental,
  10. sentimental value

Sometimes sen·tien·cy.

Origin of sentience

First recorded in 1830–40; senti(ent) + -ence

Related formsnon·sen·tience, nounnon·sen·tien·cy, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sentience

sentience

sentiency

/ (ˈsɛnʃəns) /

noun

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

sentience

n.

1817, "faculty of sense; feeling, consciousness;" see sentient + -ence. Related: Sentiency (1796).

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