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sentience (n.)

1817, "faculty of sense; feeling, consciousness;" see sentient + -ence. Related: Sentiency (1796).

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Definitions of sentience from WordNet

sentience (n.)
state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness;
Synonyms: awareness
sentience (n.)
the faculty through which the external world is apprehended;
Synonyms: sense / sensation / sentiency / sensory faculty
sentience (n.)
the readiness to perceive sensations; elementary or undifferentiated consciousness; "gave sentience to slugs and newts"- Richard Eberhart;
From wordnet.princeton.edu