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sen·tient(sĕn′shənt, -shē-ənt, -tē-ənt)
1. Having sense perception; conscious: "The living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage" (T.E. Lawrence).
2. Experiencing sensation or feeling.
[Latin sentiēns, sentient-, present participle of sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.]
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