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”
    synonyms: animate
    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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