Definition of sentient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsentiənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsentiənt//
; BrE BrE//ˈsenʃnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsenʃnt//
[usually before noun] (formal)
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able to see or feel things through the senses Man is a sentient being. There was no sign of any sentient life or activity. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin sentient- ‘feeling’, from the verb sentire.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sentient