[sen-shuh ns]
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Sometimes sen·tien·cy.

Origin of sentience

First recorded in 1830–40; senti(ent) + -ence
Related formsnon·sen·tience, nounnon·sen·tien·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the state or quality of being sentient; awareness
  2. sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception; feeling
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Word Origin and History for sentience

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

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