Someone who can perceive how others are feeling is an example of someone who would be described as sentient.
Origin of sentientClassical Latin sentiens, present participle of sentire, to perceive by the senses: see sense
- Having sense perception; conscious: “The living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage” (T.E. Lawrence).
- Experiencing sensation or feeling.
Origin of sentientLatin sentiēns, sentient-, present participle of sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more sentient, superlative most sentient)
From Latin sentÄ«ens (“feeling, perceiving"), present active participle of sentiÅ.