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[sen-shuh ns]
  1. sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
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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
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Examples from the Web for sentiency

Historical Examples of sentiency

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

    The Dark Flower

    John Galsworthy

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for sentiency



  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 sentiency



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

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