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unconscious

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adjective un·con·scious \ˌən-ˈkän(t)-shəs\

Simple Definition of unconscious

  • : 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. 1 a :  not knowing or perceiving :  not aware b :  free from self-awareness

  2. 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. 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.



1712

First Known Use of unconscious

1712


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unconscious

noun un·con·scious

Simple Definition of unconscious

  • : 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

  1. :  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)

Circa 1912

First Known Use of unconscious

circa 1912



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