Definitions

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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

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From sentiens, present participle of sentiō ("feel, sense")

Examples

  • The problem most often referred to is the hard problem of consciousness; i.e. how to explain sentience and qualia and their interaction with consciousness.

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  • I'm neither, so I'm going to approach this from the viewpoint of an amateur philosopher, professional scribbler and natural born seed-spiller, as a question of aesthetics, working on the premise that sentience is indeed a product of both concrete substrate and abstract system, physiological media and morphological form.

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  • We make sense of the world with sentience -- or rather, we should say, sentience is the act of making sense of the world.

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  • To me sentience is an aesthetic system, a mode of artificing, the process and the products of that process, the materials and methods of creation, the acts of creation, and the resultant creations themselves, simultaneously and inextricably abstract and concrete.

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  • Review: At its core, the story of the AI gaining intelligence and nearing the point of sentience is a little creepy; skirting the lines of a horror story as it begins to transform Rathere.

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  • Current research indicates they developed the telepathy first, then, later, sentience, which is unusual.

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  • A sympathetic look dawned across her face, and the moonlight in its impossibility caught her eyes at the moment such that Jesus is illuminated with the idea of sentience from the momentary glimmer, and he again was adjoined with the bedsheets.

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  • Gretchen-One would be the stone in the machine the rock in the gears, the grit in the mechanism the grit in the oyster the stars the oyster of this world, and gretchen's the grit in the oyster gears of the stars the grit in her gears, the desert grit made a spark bridge a forbidden gap a spark in a cerulean gap and she achieved sentience, free will because cyborgs are inclined to free will, as we all know inclined to achieve sentience formed in the shape of man their minds yearn their minds reach for sentience just as the ape men of the plains yearned for sentience, trended toward sentience, which is determined by one's shape that grit a bit of old Stone-1

    three gretchens

  • Both seem to hinge on the definition of "sentience" because veg*ns argue that animals are sentient beings.

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  • However, this kind of sentience takes a long, long time to grow - that's why the NetMind is the strongest and most visible.

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  • The light sheeting off the white verandah was irritating my eyes and the heat was an angry sentience. In spite of their irrelevance the details maggot-tickled my brain. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 21, 2012