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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consciously adverb

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Antonyms: Adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Humans constantly scan their environments for smells that signal changes and potential harms, though the process is not always conscious, said Dr. Dalton, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. New York Times, "Some Covid Survivors Haunted by Loss of Smell and Taste," 2 Jan. 2021 Both men in the apartment had been shot multiple times, Rivera said, but both were conscious. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "Police investigate three shooting deaths in East Chicago, Gary," 16 Dec. 2020 All of them are conscious, though, of the accumulated pounding their position entails and, presumably, mindful of the value of self-preservation. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's Javian Hawkins made the right move and should cash in while he can," 16 Nov. 2020 Being conscious in this sense may admit of degrees, and just what sort of sensory capacities are sufficient may not be sharply defined. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Experts Fear Lab-Grown Brains Will Become Sentient, Which Is Upsetting," 28 Oct. 2020 Officers found a woman kneeling over Frazier, who was still conscious, but could not say who shot him, the report says. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Warrensville Heights man shot and killed in parking lot of apartment building, police say," 2 Oct. 2020 The release said another man, whom police do not identify, had multiple gunshot wounds but was conscious. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Monroe police say one man dead and another wounded in shooting," 29 Sep. 2020 The police shooting happened around 8 p.m., and the person was conscious while being taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Peoria Police Department spokesperson Officer Brandon Sheffert. Kaila White, The Arizona Republic, "Person hospitalized after being shot by Peoria police," 29 Sep. 2020 The 23-year-old was conscious and taken to an ambulance on a stretcher. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know about cyclist Chloe Dygert," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My friends who are in-the-know and value-conscious have sung praises of the chain for years, and my frugal-shopping mom has been a regular since ALDI opened in my hometown in the 1990s. NBC News, "Everyone's raving about ALDI so I switched for a week. Here's what I found out.," 15 Nov. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conscious. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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

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

conscious

noun

Medical Definition of conscious (Entry 2 of 2)

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