Someone sentient is able to feel things, or sense them. Sentient usually occurs in phrases like “sentient beings” and “sentient creatures,” making it clear that things that don’t have life don’t have feelings. Explain that to a pet rock.

Sentient comes from the Latin sentient-, “feeling,” and it describes things that are alive, able to feel and perceive, and show awareness or responsiveness. Having senses makes something sentient, or able to smell, communicate, touch, see, or hear. Whether or not plants and living things other than animals and people are sentient depends on whom you ask.

Definitions of sentient
  1. adjective

    endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

    “”the living knew themselves just
    sentient puppets on God’s stage”- T.E.Lawrence”


    having physical sensation
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    insensate, insentient

    devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation

    devoid of feeling or sensation
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  2. adjective

    consciously perceiving

    sentient of the intolerable load”
    “”a boy so
    sentient of his surroundings”- W.A.White”


    knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts

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