from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having sense perception; conscious: "The living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage” ( T.E. Lawrence).
- adj. Experiencing sensation or feeling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Conscious or self-aware.
- adj. Experiencing sensation, thinking, thought, or feeling.
- adj. Possessing human-like knowledge and intelligence.
- n. Lifeform with the capability to feel sensation, such as pain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a faculty, or faculties, of sensation and perception.
- n. One who has the faculty of perception; a sentient being.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of sensation or of sense-perception; having the power of feeling.
- Characterized by the exercise of sense or sense-perception.
- In physiology, noting those parts which on stimulation give rise to sensation.
- Synonyms Sensitive, etc. See sensible.
- n. The mind as capable of feeling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
- adj. consciously perceiving
On Kierkegaard's religious views, Sartre offers the usual argument against existence of God: If existence precedes essence, it follows from the meaning of the term sentient that a sentient being cannot be complete or perfect.
Of course it is circular in the sense that, based on my proffered definition, since intelligence ultimately permeates all aspects of being, what we call sentient beings (life forms) are simply different manifestations of intelligence playing with itself, or as one old text puts it in the title: 'You are the Eyes of the Universe.'
But I am curious to know, Ron, how long human heads remain sentient after they have been severed.
Being aware that Bush and his bunch are barely sentient is not being against America, it is being for what is used to stand for.
I call sentient beings out of the blessed gulf of nothingness, that they may pay a duty to my weakness by and by, and curse me in their hearts?
The impact of what is sometimes called the sentient city is not just at a city level but it also impacts communities, neighborhoods and families.
Rational, reasonable = maybe I should say "sentient" - people do change their minds.
[cont. below] p. Contractile earths in sentient forms arrange,
And the notion of sentient beings is from science as much as it is religion.
You will be classified as a sentient hive, a community. â€
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