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Noun: sentience  sen-sh(ee-)un(t)s [N. Amer], sen-tee-un(t)s [Brit]
  1. State of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
    "the crash intruded on his sentience";
    - awareness
  2. The faculty through which the external world is apprehended
    - sense, sensation, sentiency, sensory faculty
  3. The readiness to perceive sensations; elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
    "gave sentience to slugs and newts"

Derived forms: sentiences

See also: animate, insensate, insentient, sentient

Type of: aliveness, animateness, consciousness, faculty, liveness, mental faculty, module

Antonym: insentience

Encyclopedia: Sentience