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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Already ahead of the curve with its beloved eco-conscious refillable pouches, L'Occitane is now upping the ante on its commitment to respecting the planet by joining forces with Loop Industries, a technology innovator in sustainable plastic. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Big Beauty Brands That Are Tackling the Industry’s Plastic Problem," 22 Apr. 2019 The company is confident that eco-conscious, well-to-do consumers will pay more to know whether their cage-free bird really enjoyed a daily walkabout before its demise. Robyn Metcalfe, WSJ, "The Life Story of Your Supermarket Chicken: Food Tracking Goes High-Tech," 21 Feb. 2019 Dating a young, bookish, almost painfully socially conscious Barack Obama (in her hilarious telling), whom she was asked to mentor at that law firm, Obama started to see there was more to life. Tyrone Beason, The Seattle Times, "‘Who are you becoming?’ Why America needs Michelle Obama’s message now," 25 Mar. 2019 Not only is the Duchess of Sussex known for wearing eco-friendly shoes, such as Rothy's, but she's also sported a number of socially conscious labels like Reformation and Outland denim. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle Go to the Same Vintage Dealer," 13 Mar. 2019 So, the main takeaway, according to Sarah, is that Carrie would be much more socially conscious these days. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Sarah Jessica Parker Revive Carrie Bradshaw in Stella's Epic Super Bowl Ad," 3 Feb. 2019 Finally, a new socially conscious teacher at Otter Bay, Michael Perkins, will cause drama when his lessons about global warning give Amabella panic attacks. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Big Little Lies' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 But what sets The Jane Club apart is its socially conscious commitment to making a difference in the world, and in women’s lives, says co-founder Jess Zaino. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Jane Club Is the Ultimate Work Space for Moms," 14 Dec. 2018 And in November 2017, the Cost Conscious Consumer Index ranked Charlotte as the most socially responsible big city in America, based on its earth-friendly practices, socially conscious shoppers and nonprofit giving. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Hot dog! This Charlotte hot dog joint named best in the nation," 3 July 2018

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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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