unconscious


1un·con·scious

adjective \ˌən-ˈkän(t)-shəs\

: not awake especially because of an injury, drug, etc.

: not aware of something

: not intended or planned : not consciously done

Full Definition of UNCONSCIOUS

1
a :  not knowing or perceiving :  not aware
b :  free from self-awareness
2
a :  not possessing mind or consciousness <unconscious matter>
b (1) :  not marked by conscious thought, sensation, or feeling <unconscious motivation>
(2) :  of or relating to the unconscious
c :  having lost consciousness <was unconscious for three days>
3
:  not consciously held or deliberately planned or carried out <an unconscious bias>
un·con·scious·ly adverb
un·con·scious·ness noun

Examples of UNCONSCIOUS

  1. He was knocked unconscious by a fall.
  2. She was unconscious for three days after the accident.

First Known Use of UNCONSCIOUS

1712

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2unconscious

noun

: the part of the mind that a person is not aware of but that is often a powerful force in controlling behavior

Full Definition of UNCONSCIOUS

:  the part of mental life that does not ordinarily enter the individual's awareness yet may influence behavior and perception or be revealed (as in slips of the tongue or in dreams)

First Known Use of UNCONSCIOUS

circa 1912

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

unconscious

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In psychoanalysis, the part of the psychic apparatus that does not ordinarily enter the individual's awareness but may be manifested by slips of the tongue, dreams, or neurotic symptoms (see neurosis). The existence of unconscious mental activities was first elaborated by Sigmund Freud and is now a well-established principle of psychiatry. The origin of many neurotic symptoms is said to depend on conflicts that have been removed from consciousness by repression and maintained in the unconscious through various defense mechanisms. Recent biopsychological explorations have shed light on the relationship between brain physiology and the levels of consciousness at which people retain memories.

Variants of UNCONSCIOUS

unconscious or subconscious

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