Etymology
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sentient (adj.)

1630s, "capable of feeling," from Latin sentientem (nominative sentiens) "feeling," present participle of sentire "to feel" (see sense (n.)). Meaning "conscious" (of something) is from 1815.

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Definitions of sentient

sentient (adj.)
endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness; "the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage"- T.E.Lawrence;
Synonyms: animate
sentient (adj.)
consciously perceiving; "a boy so sentient of his surroundings"- W.A.White;
sentient of the intolerable load
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