Definition of sentient in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛntɪənt/
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnʃ(ə)nt/


Able to perceive or feel things: she had been instructed from birth in the equality of all sentient life forms
More example sentences
  • The subject matter of the social sciences is conscious sentient beings who act out of choice.
  • Most of us are aware that sentient life is not limited to two legs or even four.
  • No sentient beings lived on the planet, so it would not be terrible if they colonized it.
feeling, capable of feeling, living, live;
conscious, aware, responsive, reactive



Pronunciation: /ˈsɛntɪəns/ Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnʃ(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • The spider possesses a finely tuned sentience, harmonized to the vibrations of the web of its own making, the web of its own life by which it survives or starves.
  • But as far as gaining consciousness and sentience, it is futile.
  • So we were talking about regular everyday stuff like quantum physics and artificial intelligence in robots, and the parameters by which we set the standards of sentience in robots.




Example sentences
  • But creatures - not just man - fight back sentiently, as well as instinctively.
  • People sentiently and sensorily apprehend culture rather than merely think it or act it.
  • In my opinion civilized debate is about being sentiently and considerately conscious in the first place.


Early 17th century: from Latin sentient- 'feeling', from the verb sentire.

Words that rhyme with sentient

consentient, trenchant

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Line breaks: sen|tient

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