sentient

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin sentiēns (feeling, perceiving), present active participle of sentiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛn.ti.ənt/[1]
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɛn.ʃ(i.)ənt/[1]

Adjective[edit]

sentient (comparative more sentient, superlative most sentient)

  1. Experiencing sensation, thought, or feeling.
    Synonym: sensate
  2. Able to consciously perceive through the use of sense faculties.
    Antonym: insensate
  3. (chiefly science fiction) Possessing human-like awareness and intelligence.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:self-aware
    • 2022 June 14, Toby Walsh, “Labelling Google’s LaMDA chatbot as sentient is fanciful. But it’s very human to be taken in by machines”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Lemoine has been placed on “paid administrative leave” after publishing a transcript of conversations with LaMDA which he claims support his belief that the chatbot is sentient and comparable to a seven- or eight-year-old child. [] While Lemoine no doubt genuinely believes his claims, LaMDA is likely to be as sentient as a traffic light.

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Noun[edit]

sentient (plural sentients)

  1. Lifeform with the capability to feel sensation, such as pain.
  2. (chiefly science fiction) An intelligent, self-aware being.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sentient

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 “SENTIENT | Pronunciation in English”, in (please provide the title of the work)[1], Cambridge University Press, accessed 2020-09-18

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

sentient

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of sentiō