sentient

[ sen-shuh nt ‐shee-uh nt ‐tee-uh nt ]
/ ˈsɛn ʃənt ‐ʃi ənt ‐ti ənt /

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.

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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
/ (ˈsɛntɪənt) /

adjective

having the power of sense perception or sensation; conscious

noun

rare a sentient person or thing

Derived forms of sentient

sentiently, adverb

Word Origin for sentient

C17: from Latin sentiēns feeling, from sentīre to perceive
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Medical definitions for sentient

sentient
[ sĕnshənt, -shē-ənt ]

adj.

Having sense perception; conscious.
Experiencing sensation or feeling.
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