sentient [sen-shuh nt]
1. having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.
2. characterized by sensation and consciousness.
3. a person or thing that is sentient.
4. Archaic. the conscious mind.
Origin: 1595-1605; < Latin sentient- (stem of sentiēns, present participle of sentīre to feel), equivalent to senti- verb stem + -ent- -ent
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