conscious

adjective
con·scious | \ ˈkän(t)-shəs \

Definition of conscious 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

deliberate, intended, intentional, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), witting

Antonyms: Adjective

nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional

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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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Colorifix, which develops environmentally-conscious dyeing processes, received the Innovation Prize. Amy Verner, Vogue, "ANDAM Celebrates its 2018 Prize With a Très Chic Cocktail Party," 2 July 2018 Enviro-bait Two additional initiatives should appeal to environmentally conscious voters who tend to lean Democratic, particularly in coastal areas. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Californians Will Be Voting on a Wild Array of Ballot Initiatives in November," 29 June 2018 Lush Cosmetics may be best known for its whimsical bath bombs and environmentally-conscious approach to formulation and packaging, but one recent U.K.-wide campaign has been receiving mixed response following its launch on June 1. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Lush #SpyCops Police Campaign Starts Controversy Online," 7 June 2018 Subaru may have the love of its earthy crunchy, environmentally conscious, outdoors-loving adherents, but the Japanese carmaker is waiting to jump into theelectric vehicle scrum. David Rovella, Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 5 June 2018 Gisele Bundchen is among a few environmentally-conscious VIPs gathering in Costa Rica this week for what’s being billed as a sustainable fashion and lifestyle summit. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "With Tom Brady back on the field, Gisele Bundchen heads to Costa Rica," 5 June 2018 The denim are all ethically sourced, a plus for environmentally-conscious shoppers, and retails for $58 a piece. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Everlane Launches Denim Shorts and Skirts for the First Time—and They're just $58," 21 May 2018 And environmentally conscious parents appreciate their biodegradable latex balloons. Maggie Winterfeldt Clark, San Francisco Chronicle, "Girl or boy?: Creative ‘gender reveal’ parties catch on with parents," 16 May 2018 The new owners are upholding the mantle of environmentally conscious business. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "GoLite, Thru-Hikers' Favorite Brand, Is Back. Sorta.," 10 May 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

Latin conscius, from com- + scire to know

Noun

see conscious entry 1

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

conscious

noun

Medical Definition of conscious (Entry 2 of 2)

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