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English definition of “sentient”

sentient

adjective     /ˈsen.tɪ.ənt/ /ˈsen.ʃənt/ formal
able to experience physical and possibly emotional feelings : It is hard for a sentient person to understand how any parents could treat their child so badly .Feelings - general words
(Definition of sentient adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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