Definition of sentient
1 : responsive to or conscious of sense impressions sentient beings
2 : aware
3 : finely sensitive in perception or feeling
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Examples of sentient in a Sentence
sentient of the danger posed by the approaching hurricane
Recent Examples of sentient from the Web
Engaging deeply with the world and with other sentient beings brings meaning and purpose.
Summer usually means slim pickings at the movies for those who don't enjoy superheroes, robots or sentient cars.
The first movie seems to be set on an alternate Earth where sentient cars have lived all of human history—there’s a car America and a car England and a car Japan.
And, along with some long-missing feminine perspective, that actually revitalizes and, um, humanizes the cartoon world of sentient vehicles.
The Cars movies make no sense, but give them enough time and these strange, sentient vehicles with enormous eyes will eventually get under your chassis.
Then again, on a show about a theme park staffed with sentient robots—
A number of characters journey through this dying terrain, intent upon their own agendas — all of which are disrupted when a powerful sentient war machine awakens in the desert and promptly sets about making everything worse.
While any sentient primate facing a special counsel would know to lay off social media and refrain from antagonizing his investigators, Trump sees things differently.
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Did You Know?
You may have guessed that sentient has something to do with the senses. The initial spelling sent- or sens- is often a giveaway for such a meaning. A sentient being is one who perceives and responds to sensations of whatever kind - sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell. Sentient ultimately comes from the Latin verb sentire, which means "to feel" and is related to the noun sensus, meaning "feeling" or "sense." A few related English words are sentiment and sentimental, which have to do with emotions, and sensual, which relates to more physical sensations.
Origin and Etymology of sentient
Latin sentient-, sentiens, present participle of sentire to perceive, feel
First Known Use: 1632See Words from the same year
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Definition of sentient for English Language Learners
: able to feel, see, hear, smell, or taste
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