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English definition of “sentient”

sentient

adjective uk   /ˈsen.tɪ.ənt/ /ˈsen.ʃənt/ formal us  
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.
(Definition of sentient from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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