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Adjective: sentient  sen-sh(ee-)unt [N. Amer], sen-tee-unt [Brit]
  1. Endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
    "the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage";
    - animate
     
  2. Consciously perceiving
    "sentient of the intolerable load"; "a boy so sentient of his surroundings"

See also: conscious, sensate, sentience

Antonym: insentient

Encyclopedia: Sentient