noun /ˈsɛnʃəns,ˈsɛntʃiəns/
The state or quality of being sentient; possession of consciousness or sensory awareness.

[T]he shadows . . . presently began to seem, as on last night, to have a sentience of their own.

See Also: sentiency, sentient, pansentience

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