sentient

[sen-shuh nt ‐shee-uh nt ‐tee-uh nt]

adjective

having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.
characterized by sensation and consciousness.

noun

a person or thing that is sentient.
Archaic. the conscious mind.

Nearby words

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

Origin of sentient

1595–1605; < Latin sentient- (stem of sentiēns, present participle of sentīre to feel), equivalent to senti- verb stem + -ent- -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for sentient

sentient

adjective

having the power of sense perception or sensation; conscious

noun

rare a sentient person or thing
Derived Formssentiently, adverb

Word Origin for sentient

C17: from Latin sentiēns feeling, from sentīre to perceive

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Word Origin and History for sentient

sentient

adj.

1630s, "capable of feeling," from Latin sentientem (nominative sentiens) "feeling," present participle of sentire "to feel" (see sense (n.)). Meaning "conscious" (of something) is from 1815.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sentient

sentient

[sĕnshənt, -shē-ənt]

adj.

Having sense perception; conscious.
Experiencing sensation or feeling.

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