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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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The Killer shuddered, scowling at the inanimate iron and wood of the spear as though they constituted a sentient being endowed with a malignant mind.
Seeing it, he forms this thought in his mind: "If I take the life of this sentient being, I myself may be reborn as one of the creatures of hell.
Buddhist concept that every sentient being has been one's mother in the cyclic existence is of immense help to generate kindness.
Hence, to say that each sentient being has the Buddha-nature brings an inescapable sense of solidarity to the ethical task of Mahayana Buddhism.
At the very beginning of his early work, Encouragement to Practice: The Compact of the Samadhi and Prajna Community (Kwonsu chonghye kyolsa mun [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 1190), Chinul states (1): When one is deluded about the mind and gives rise to endless defilements, such a person is a sentient being. When one is awakened to the mind and gives rise to endless marvelous functions, such a person is the Buddha.
Now our question, to return to it, is: Assuming that biotic and experiential welfare are incommensurable, could a sentient being's overall welfare be infinitely greater than the merely biotic welfare of its parent(s)?
One might even argue that this kind of strategy for explaining a Buddha's salvific efficacy lies behind the concept of the icchantika (a sentient being who ostensibly can never attain enlightenment).
WDJ's Training Editor Pat Miller was the first to ask me to omit the use of "it" when discussing any sentient being - as in, "I wanted to pet the dog, but it bit me." I'm glad she sensitized me to this issue.
Any sentient being which has made the decision to explore the universe has thereby demonstrated its possession of free will, a gift having no other source but God.
Benign Immobilization refers to an act that stops or restrains the actions of a sentient being (any being or object depicted as feeling, thinking, or self-aware) in a way that does not demonstrate any death, discomfort, harm, or pain.
Roberts' ratings rely on an elaborate 75-question scorecard form that assigns points for such issues as "length of cleavage," "mild expletives," and "quantity of a Sentient Being's blood." To keep developers from straying into moral ambiguities, Dr.