awareness

noun
aware·​ness | \ ə-ˈwer-nəs How to pronounce awareness (audio) \

Definition of awareness

: the quality or state of being aware : knowledge and understanding that something is happening or exists promoting a heightened awareness of the problem seemed to have only a slight awareness of what was going on an acute awareness of subtle differences They hope to raise awareness of endangered species, encouraging donations and attracting tourists to the region to support conservation efforts.New Scientist The alternative press played a particularly important role in raising political awareness and facilitating mobilization against the regime in South Africa …— Larry Diamond

First Known Use of awareness

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Awareness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/awareness. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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