senso-, sens-, sensi-, sensori-, sent-

(Latin: feeling, perception through physical awareness; to discern or detect by touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing, etc.)

The words in this list refer either to physical or mental perceptions, or a combination of both of them.

abnormal sensation (s) (noun), abnormal sensations (pl)
A dulled, unpleasant, or altered feeling that exists without an obvious stimulus: One example of an abnormal sensation is when a person has a burning feeling when there is no heat involved.

Abnormal sensations can result from damage to, or a pressure on, certain nerve pathways.

The most common types of abnormal sensations are tinnitus or numbness and/or feelings as if one is stuck with pins and needles; sometimes combined with pain and even with a feeling of being very cold or of severe burning.

—Compiled from information located in
Home Medical Encyclopedia; The American Medical Association, Volume 2;
Medical Editor, Charles B. Clayman, MD; Random House;
New York; 1989; page 893.
aftersensation, after-sensation (s) (noun); aftersensations, after-sensations (pl)
A subjective persistence of feeling something even after a stimulus has ceased to exist or is no longer there: During her physiotherapy appointments, Susan was given electric stimulation for her injured muscles and she said that she could usually feel the aftersensation of the electric stimulation which made her muscles feel relaxed.
assent (s) (noun), assents (pl)
An agreement, an acceptance, or an approval of a suggestion or plan; especially, after careful consideration: Most of the apartment residents assented to the regulation that allowed women-only certain hours for swimming in the condominium swimming pool.

There are some who think that assent is considered to be a bit weaker than consent; for example: "A lady may assent to a man's opening the window; however, if he makes a proposal of marriage, he must wait for her consent."

When Karen asked if she could sharpen her pencil, her teacher answered with a brief nod of assent.

assent (uh SENT) (verb), assents; assented; assenting
1. To comply with or to agree to something; an act or gesture of agreement or permission; to concur, to accept, or to approve: All of the students and faculty members of the school assented to getting out of classes early so they could get home before the storm arrived.

The majority of people in the audience assented with the politician's views about not increasing the taxes for food products.

2. Etymology: from Old French assentir, assenter; from Latin assentari; from as-, "to"; a variant of ad-, before s + sentire, "to feel, to think".
assentation (s) (noun), assentations (pl)
1. A hasty or quick agreement with another person's opinion or views in an insincere way: Jason's assentation was based on flattery and playing up to his supervisor's viewpoint regarding the best way to do the project because Jason thought it would help him get a higher salary.
2. Etymology: from Latin assentari, "to flatter" and also from assentiri, "to agree".
Ready to agree with someone insincerely or as a joke.
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assenter, assentor (s) (noun); assenters, assentors (pl)
Those who agree, cooperate with, or approve of an action or a plan: Most of the parents were assenters to the decision of the school to delay the beginning of classes by one hour each day on a regular schedule.

All of the students were assentors to the plans for the dance on Saturday.

assentingly (adverb), more assentingly, most assentingly
In a manner that suggests or indicates cooperation and agreeableness among or between individuals: The assentingly jovial manner in which the conclusion of the contract negotiations were conducted suggested that all of the participants were in agreement with the recommendations.
autosensitize (verb), autosensitizes; autosensitized; autosensitizing
To make a person's body become aware of its own cells, fluids, or tissues: After the neurosurgery on her hands, Ellen was able to autosensitize her skin by rubbing her hands up and down her arms.
biosensor (s) (noun), biosensors (pl)
1. A device that feels and analyzes biological information: A biosensor may be simple temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, or a more sophisticated determination of chemicals and enzymes in body fluids.

The biosensor can also be used in the laboratory or placed within the body.

2. A device to monitor and to transmit information about biological processes; such as, the effect of motion on an animal in space: After many trials, the scientists developed a biosensor that worked in the weightlessness of the space capsule.
bisensory (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to or affecting two perceptions: The rapid changes in the weather had a bisensory impact on Molly because she could feel the rain on her head and hear the wind blowing among the trees at the same time. 
chemosensory (noun), chemosensories (pl)
1. In biology, sensitive to chemical stimuli: Some insects have certain hairs and additional receptors that function as chemosensories.
2. The perception or signals by the senses of the body: Doris was aware of the responses of the chemosensories of tastes, smells, and other chemical changes in her environment.
clairsentience (noun) (no plural)
A paranormal or extrasensory perception that goes beyond the normal physical means of obtaining information about one's surroundings by using faculties other than vision, touching, or hearing: Madam Alison asked her visitors to be very quiet so she can be aware of the clairsentience while she is seeking answers to the puzzling questions presented during her seance or communication with the spirits.
common sense (s) (noun) (usually only in the singular)
1. Sound practical judgment that is separate from specialized knowledge, training, etc.: Mike had common sense when he worked as a carpenter.
2. Practical judgment derived from experience rather than just from study alone: Marie used common sense when she went hiking during the summer by always carrying a bottle of water with her.
consensual (adjective), more consensual, most consensual
In law, existing by mutual agreement, as with a contract: Both lawyers were relieved by the signing of a consensual document by their quarrelsome clients who finally decided to work together to pay for the damage done by the severe storm to their apartment building.
consensus (kuhn SEN suhs) (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
An agreement or a general opinion: The consensus of the voters was to defeat the new tax increase that was proposed by the mayor.

A large group of people can seldom come to a consensus.

Consensus is an agreement or opinion which should be sound, but not just a sound; or a general agreement where all men have a perfect right to their opinions.

Consensus is also the result of a group discussion in which, singly, a person can do nothing; however, together, people can decide that nothing can be done.

—From an unknown source.
A general opinion and agreement.
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A general agreement and majority agreement.
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A group opinion.
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An opinion that is agreed to by others.
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Related-word units meaning feeling: aesth-; pass-, pati-; patho-.