sentience

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From sentient, from Latin sentiēns, present participle of sentiō ‎(feel, sense). Confer with sentence, its equivalent formation from Classic Latin sententia (for *sentientia).

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sentience ‎(usually uncountable, plural sentiences)

  1. The state or quality of being sentient; possession of consciousness or sensory awareness.
    • 1903, Bram Stoker, The Jewel of Seven Stars, ch. 5:
      [T]he shadows . . . presently began to seem, as on last night, to have a sentience of their own.
    • 2007 Dec. 28, Alexandra Silver, "Did This Tiger Hold a Grudge?," Time:
      The science of animal sentience is far from a firm one; there's no way of knowing exactly what any animal is feeling.

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