from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being sentient; consciousness.
- n. Feeling as distinguished from perception or thought.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or quality of being sentient; possession of consciousness or sensory awareness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being sentient; esp., the quality or state of having sensation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sentient character or state; the faculty of sense; feeling; consciousness.
- n. Specifically, in psychology, presentation regarded as immediate experience, without reference to its significance for thought.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the readiness to perceive sensations; elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
- n. the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
- n. state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
From sentiens, present participle of sentiō ("feel, sense") (Wiktionary)