Etymology
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sentience (n.)

1817, "faculty of sense; sentient character or state, feeling, consciousness, susceptibility to sensation;" see sentient + -ence. Related: Sentiency (1796).

updated on May 06, 2022

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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;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.