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 (sĕn′shəns, -shē-əns, -tē-əns)
1. The quality or state of being sentient; consciousness.
2. Feeling as distinguished from perception or thought.
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(ˈsɛnʃəns) or


1. the state or quality of being sentient; awareness
2. sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception; feeling
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(ˈsɛn ʃəns)

also sen′tien•cy,

sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sentience - state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness; "the crash intruded on his awareness"
consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
2.sentience - the faculty through which the external world is apprehended; "in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"
faculty, mental faculty, module - one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
sense modality, sensory system, modality - a particular sense
sensitivity, sensitiveness, sensibility - (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation; "sensitivity to pain"
3.sentience - the readiness to perceive sensations; elementary or undifferentiated consciousness; "gave sentience to slugs and newts"- Richard Eberhart
animateness, liveness, aliveness - the property of being animated; having animal life as distinguished from plant life
insentience - lacking consciousness or ability to perceive sensations
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nEmpfindungsvermögen nt; the sentience of approaching deathdas Vorgefühl des nahenden Todes
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