Definition of conscience
- She had a guilty conscience.
- guided by conscience
- a wealthy man with no conscience
consciencelessplay \ˈkän(t)-shən(t)s-ləs\ adjective
- She could not in all conscience remain silent.
The thief must have had an attack of conscience, because he returned the wallet with nothing missing from it.
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: the part of the mind that makes you aware of your actions as being either morally right or wrong
: a feeling that something you have done is morally wrong
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