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Definition able to perceive and feel
  • Pinocchio was a puppet that became sentient—a little boy.
sentient = able to perceive and feel
  • sentient puppets on God's stage
  • We'll want a sentient being there to monitor things and, as I understand it, he used to work there.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • sentient = able to perceive and feel
  • It was stone, but it seemed sentient.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • When Master Bloomfield's amusements consist in injuring sentient creatures,' I answered, 'I think it my duty to interfere.
    Bronte, Anne  --  Agnes Grey
  • ...she looked at the undusted nymph, as if she possibly had sentient ears.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • If I could collect humanity into one sentient force, I would set my heel upon it without hesitation.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • sentient of the intolerable load
  • a boy so sentient of his surroundings
  • If the corks were sentient we could imagine that they would consider these conditions to be permanent and assured.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Poison Belt
  • Like sentient things—even like the lords and ladies of creation sometimes—might have done much, but did nothing.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • The sun, on account of the mist, had a curious sentient, personal look, demanding the masculine pronoun for its adequate expression.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • Instantly the latter was transformed to a sentient creature, filled with pulsing life and alert energy.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Chessmen of Mars
  • Now it bound him with insentient fetters, walling his soul in darkness and silence, blocking it from the world which to him had been a riot of action.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in insentient means not and reverses the meaning of sentient. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Weren't we, as sentient beings, put upon the earth to be happy, in the brief time allotted to us?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Bella, I just" — he hesitated and then forced the words out — "I just beheaded and dismembered a sentient creature not twenty yards from you.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • As they turned a corner the flames chased them as though they were alive, sentient, intent upon killing them.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Not murdering living, sentient beings with an independent genetic future.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • "Sure spooky I say," observed Shady, sentiently.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • He was pure consciousness now .... a fleshless sentience suspended in the emptiness of a vast universe.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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