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sentience

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sentience the readiness to perceive sensations; elementary or undifferentiated consciousness "gave sentience to slugs and newts"- Richard Eberhart"
    • n sentience the faculty through which the external world is apprehended "in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"
    • n sentience state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness "the crash intruded on his awareness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sentience The quality or state of being sentient; esp., the quality or state of having sensation. "An example of harmonious action between the intelligence and the sentiency of the mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sentience Sentient character or state; the faculty of sense; feeling; consciousness.
    • n sentience Specifically, in psychology, presentation regarded as immediate experience, without reference to its significance for thought.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Sentient Sentence

Usage

In literature:

This opinion, in its general form, was that of the sentience of all vegetable things.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
This opinion, in its general form, was that of the sentience of all vegetable things.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
My condition did not deprive me of sentience.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 4 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
She knew well the meaning of the bonnet which actually seemed to quiver as though it had a sentience of its own.
"The Man" by Bram Stoker
Shadows which had sentience.
"The Jewel of Seven Stars" by Bram Stoker
He had sentience of their voices, nigh to hearing them.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
My condition did not deprive me of sentience.
"Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" by Edgar Allan Poe
Nature is drawn like a sponge heavy and dripping from the waters of sentience.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Rutherford paced up and down the room in a stress of sentiency.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
When a breath of wind came, it was like a hot breath of some fierce sentiency.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
This opinion, in its general form, was that of the sentience of all vegetable things.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
Johnny Mayhem, a bodiless sentience.
"A Place in the Sun" by C.H. Thames
Sentience returned to him through mists of pain.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
In a moment I became aware that to transfer that sentience to another point was merely an act of will.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Another thought swept in and awoke his quivering sentience to the marvel of his life.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
Johnny Mayhem, a bodiless sentience.
"World Beyond Pluto" by C. H. Thames
When he came into full sentience, he looked carefully through the bag.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
Roof and walls had attached themselves to his sentiency, even as the shell of the snail is attached to its pulp.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
To take sentience into account is to sympathize, to feel with.
"A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution" by C. M. Williams
An artist retains his sentiency at all times.
"Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning" by Willard Huntington Wright
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In poetry:

Colors, and glints, and glamors unrecalled,
Richly thy petals intricate revive:
Blossom, whose roots are in eternity,
The faithful soul, the sentience darkly thralled,
In dream and wonder evermore shall strive
At Edens lost of time and memory.
"The Orchid of Beauty" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Clearly it's only a matter of time before Lil' BikeTron 5000 achieves sentience and enslaves humanity.
High places From Stardust to Sentience High Places.
How Widespread Is Sentience in the Animal Kingdom .
How Widespread Is Sentience in the Animal Kingdom.
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