conscious

adjective
con·​scious | \ ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce conscious (audio) \

Definition of conscious

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1 : having mental faculties not dulled by sleep, faintness, or stupor : awake became conscious after the anesthesia wore off
2 : perceiving, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation conscious of having succeeded was conscious that someone was watching
3 : personally felt conscious guilt
4a : likely to notice, consider, or appraise a bargain-conscious shopper
b : being concerned or interested a budget-conscious businessman
c : marked by strong feelings or notions a race-conscious society
5 : done or acting with critical awareness a conscious effort to do better
6 : capable of or marked by thought, will, design, or perception
8 archaic : sharing another's knowledge or awareness of an inward state or outward fact

conscious

noun

Definition of conscious (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from conscious

Adjective

consciously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for conscious

Synonyms: Adjective

alive, apprehensive, aware, cognizant, mindful, sensible, sentient, ware, witting

Antonyms: Adjective

insensible, oblivious, unaware, unconscious, unmindful, unwitting

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Adjective

aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, alive, awake mean having knowledge of something. aware implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences. aware of changes in climate cognizant implies having special or certain knowledge as from firsthand sources. not fully cognizant of the facts conscious implies that one is focusing one's attention on something or is even preoccupied by it. conscious that my heart was pounding sensible implies direct or intuitive perceiving especially of intangibles or of emotional states or qualities. sensible of a teacher's influence alive adds to sensible the implication of acute sensitivity to something. alive to the thrill of danger awake implies that one has become alive to something and is on the alert. a country always awake to the threat of invasion

Examples of conscious in a Sentence

Adjective

The chances of being admitted conscious to a hospital without being pressed to produce a living will, have become virtually nil … — Joan Didion, New York Review of Books, 9 June 2005 "Was she good-looking?" "Actually, my conscious mind no longer remembers anything about her physical appearance. She went the way of my seventh-grade French." — Joseph Wambaugh, Finnegan's Week, 1994 Incidentally, neither my mother nor I was conscious of any rudeness. — Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being, 1979 Bilbo bowed. He had no hat to take off, and was painfully conscious of his many missing buttons. — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937 Is the patient conscious yet? He was fully conscious when we found him. the capacity for conscious thought

Noun

For myself, ever since 1922, when I saw my first picture, films have been barreling through my conscious to my unconscious, but insofar as they remain in my conscious, they get themselves arranged in hierarchies of value and, more important, affection. — Stanley Kauffmann, Before My Eyes, (1974) 1980

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Facebook/Hodan Nalayeh Hodan was conscious of these dangers and through her work highlighted how people were beating the odds amid lack of prospects and deepening insecurity. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "A journalist returned to Somalia to tell positive stories—then terrorists killed her," 15 July 2019 Dawson and Erwiah encouraged the audience to make a conscious effort to support clothing made in Africa and invest our time and financial resources into initiatives that will benefit us all. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House: Angela Rye, Rosario Dawson And Abrima Erwiah Talk Sustainability In The Fashion Industry," 8 July 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be making a conscious effort to improve the attitude of his squad while looking for young, home-grown talent. SI.com, "Neymar: Assessing the Deals That Could Be Agreed to Sign the Wantaway PSG Superstar," 18 June 2019 Veggie Egg White Sandwich at Dunkin' Donuts Dunkin’ Donuts has made a conscious effort to include more vegetarian options in their menu. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "10 Fast-Food Options for Vegetarians," 17 Apr. 2019 Then a ticket to these high-end resorts won’t just be a vacation of a lifetime, but a conscious effort to travel in a more eco-friendly, sustainable way. Katie Lockhart, National Geographic, "These luxury resorts want to save the Maldives," 5 Apr. 2019 Consumers care about ingredients and are making a conscious effort to pay close attention to harmful chemicals commonly found in makeup products that could be wreaking havoc on their skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "7 All-Natural Makeup Brands With Products That Are Actually Amazing," 14 Jan. 2019 And, increasingly, conscious consumers are pushing companies to display better practice and policies both towards their customers, and towards their own staff. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Unlock your creativity by battling your brain’s laziest shortcut," 2 July 2019 Both the Beyond and Impossible burgers have been growing in popularity in the Lower 48 as health- and climate-conscious consumers seek to curb their meat consumption. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants make room on menus for new ‘plant-based’ burgers," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of conscious

Adjective

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conscious

Adjective and Noun

Latin conscius, from com- + scire to know

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The first known use of conscious was circa 1600

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conscious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of conscious

: awake and able to understand what is happening around you
: aware of something (such as a fact or feeling) : knowing that something exists or is happening
: known or felt by yourself

conscious

adjective
con·​scious | \ ˈkän-shəs How to pronounce conscious (audio) \

Kids Definition of conscious

1 : aware of facts, feelings, or some particular condition or situation He … was painfully conscious of his many missing buttons.— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
2 : known or felt by a person's inner self conscious guilt
3 : mentally awake or active He remained conscious following the accident.
4 : intentional I made a conscious effort to be polite.

Other Words from conscious

consciously adverb

conscious

adjective
con·​scious | \ ˈkän-chəs How to pronounce conscious (audio) \

Medical Definition of conscious

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1 : capable of or marked by thought, will, design, or perception : relating to, being, or being part of consciousness the conscious mind conscious and unconscious processes
2 : having mental faculties undulled by sleep, faintness, or stupor became conscious after the anesthesia wore off

Other Words from conscious

consciously \ -​lē How to pronounce consciously (audio) \ adverb

conscious

noun

Medical Definition of conscious (Entry 2 of 2)

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