Definitions

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  • adj. Not sentient.

Etymologies

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non- +‎ sentient

Examples

  • This grotesque technology was memorably anticipated in Frederick Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth's 1952 novel "The Space Merchants," a corporate dystopia of the 21st century in which peon workers hack slices off a gigantic blob of animate but nonsentient poultry breast called Chicken Little.

    Boing Boing

  • Around him darkness, fog, solitude, the stormy and nonsentient tumult, the undefined curling of those wild waters.

    Les Miserables

  • I'm weirdly enamored of the idea that some of the human population is nonsentient but capable of pulling off a most convincing show.

    Posthuman Blues

  • Permanence is Karl's second novel, and it's brilliant -- at its core is a massive, hard-sf conceit: that because tool-use expends more energy than adaptation (i.e., when confronted with a marsh, it's easier to be a marsh-bird than to figure out how to drain it), that over time, all the races of the universe will use genetic engineering to adapt themselves to their habitats and so become nonsentient.

    Boing Boing: August 24, 2003 - August 30, 2003 Archives

  • The reason is...remind me, why did I want to go on living in a ghoulish, nonsentient suspended animation, exactly?

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • “Could this be a nest created by nonsentient life native to deep space?”

    Creative Couplings

  • But I don't think an animal an unenhanced animal or a nonsentient machine should be considered a person.

    The Speculist: Will "The Three Laws" Be Useful?

  • Proper perceiving was even more difficult when the subject was nonsentient.

    Running from the Deity

  • However, since blacks and jews are not in fact brainless and nonsentient, the comparison is illegitimate.

    The argument that changed me from pro-life to pro-choice

  • To treat blacks or jews the same way I propose treating brainless, nonsentient fetuses would be unjust.

    The argument that changed me from pro-life to pro-choice

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