[sen-shuh nt ‐shee-uh nt ‐tee-uh nt]
having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.
characterized by sensation and consciousness.
a person or thing that is sentient.
Archaic. the conscious mind.
Origin of sentient
1595–1605;Related formssen·tient·ly, adverbnon·sen·tient, adjectivenon·sen·tient·ly, adverbun·sen·tient, adjectiveun·sen·tient·ly, adverb
< Latin sentient-
(stem of sentiēns,
present participle of sentīre
to feel), equivalent to senti-
verb stem + -ent- -ent
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Examples from the Web for unsentient
Historical Examples of unsentient
The 'distant' is eternal glory and intelligence; the other principle some have called the unsentient primary.
This is either a dissolution of the mutual involution of the atoms, or a similar dispersion of the unsentient elements.
In short, as body is the unsentient cause of all feelings, so mind is the sentient subject (in the German sense) of them, viz.
Not even the unreasoning animal, the speechless plant, the unsentient stone, shall be excluded from this universal festival.
British Dictionary definitions for unsentient
having the power of sense perception or sensation; conscious
Derived Formssentiently, adverb
rare a sentient person or thing
Word Origin for sentient
C17: from Latin sentiēns feeling, from sentīre to perceive
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Word Origin and History for unsentient
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
Having sense perception; conscious.
Experiencing sensation or feeling.
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