[ sen-shuh ns ]
/ ˈsɛn ʃəns /


sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
Sometimes sen·tien·cy.

Origin of sentience

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

Related forms

non·sen·tience, nounnon·sen·tien·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sentiency

  • Rutherford paced up and down the room in a stress of sentiency.

    The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
  • Roof and walls had attached themselves to his sentiency, even as the shell of the snail is attached to its pulp.

  • In time that rope came to have sentiency in the eyes of Wade.

  • But in all the stillness, what sentiency, what passion—as in her heart!

    The Dark Flower|John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for sentiency



/ (ˈsɛnʃəns) /


the state or quality of being sentient; awareness
sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception; feeling

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