sentience

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Etymology[edit]

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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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛn.ʃəns/, /ˈsɛn.ʃi.əns/, /ˈsɛn.ti.əns/
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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, chapter 5, in The Jewel of Seven Stars:
      [T]he shadows [] presently began to seem, as on last night, to have a sentience of their own.
    • 2007 December 28, Alexandra Silver, “Did This Tiger Hold a Grudge?”, in Time[1]:
      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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