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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.


(ˈsɛnʃəns) or


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


(ˈsɛn ʃəns)

also sen′tien•cy,

sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.
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


nEmpfindungsvermögen nt; the sentience of approaching deathdas Vorgefühl des nahenden Todes
References in classic literature ?
This opinion, in its general form, was that of the sentience of all vegetable things.
Each day he tried the lifting of greater weight, and it seemed almost as if the machine had a sentience of its own, which was increasing with the obstacles placed before it.
Not a thing seemed to be stirring, but all to be grim and fixed as death or fate, so that a thin streak of white mist, that crept with almost imperceptible slowness across the grass towards the house, seemed to have a sentience and a vitality of its own.
We'll be examining how important EU principles are, such as the precautionary approach and animal sentience (the feelings and emotions of animals), and considering if and how these should be retained.
Mr Gove published a draft bill in December that would enshrine animal sentience into UK law post-Brexit and introduce jail sentences of up to five years for animal abusers.
He said Imran Khan played with the sentience of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by befooling them on making new Pakistan.
The Plan recognises the sentience of animals, reflecting strong evidence that animals experience sensations such as pleasure, comfort, fear and pain.
The Cabinet Secretary added: "Our position on sentience has been very clear.
Gove was presenting a draft law that would enshrine the concept of animal sentience into British law and introduce new jail sentences for animal abusers.
Attribution of sentience to animals may also affect human-animal relationships and attitudes toward animals.
Michelle Thew, chief of Cruelty Free International, said: "It is not good enough for the Government to say animal sentience is covered by the UK Animal Welfare Act - the fact is, it isn't.
DeGrazia states that the potential for sentience is enough for someone to have moral status, and argues that this begins in the third trimester.