sentient

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adjective sen·tient \ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ənt, ˈsen-tē-ənt\

Definition of sentient

  1. 1 :  responsive to or conscious of sense impressions <sentient beings>

  2. 2 :  aware

  3. 3 :  finely sensitive in perception or feeling

sentiently

adverb

Examples of sentient in a sentence

  1. <sentient of the danger posed by the approaching hurricane>

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: 1632


SENTIENT Defined for English Language Learners

sentient

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adjective sen·tient \ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ənt, ˈsen-tē-ənt\

Definition of sentient for English Language Learners

  • : able to feel, see, hear, smell, or taste


Medical Dictionary

sentient

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adjective sen·tient \ˈsen-ch(ē-)ənt, ˈsent-ē-ənt\

Medical Definition of sentient

  1. :  responsive to or conscious of sense impressions

sentiently

adverb


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