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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But the actress is extra conscious of controlling acne flare-ups. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Shares Her Date Night Beauty Routine and Top Hair Coloring Tips," 14 Feb. 2019 Who knows what to make of this, but what we are left with is a rapper who is a far cry from the somewhat conscious and introspective artist that delivered My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned on First Listen to Kanye West's 'Ye' Album," 1 June 2018 Cinderella in her famous 1950 animated feature is conscious for her whole story, but her main function in the narrative is to be beautiful and demure and wait for her physical and moral purity to inspire others to give her wealth and love. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 In their performances, Dare remains conscious of Syria’s conservative culture and traditions. National Geographic, "Amid a Civil War, These Syrians Keep Dancing," 26 June 2018 While millennials might have searched for the newest Hollister tee (the bigger the logo, the better), Gen Z is less brand-conscious and would prefer something more unique. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Gen Z and Millennials Are Totally Different," 17 Jan. 2019 Like many black women, we were conditioned to be overly conscious of others’ feelings and to plan for the infinite results of what could happen as a result of our frankness. Morgan Jerkins, Longreads, "But What Will Your Parents Think?," 10 May 2018 The switch-up was echoed by Ciara, who, along with partner Russell Wilson, transformed into an environmentally-conscious biker chick, and proved that helmet hair is best countered by a well-tended pout. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Emily Ratajkowski is Pat McGrath’s Muse at Versace (and More!)," 20 Jan. 2019 Still, for an environmentally conscious business traveler, the time savings of supersonic flight could come with a bonus dash of self-satisfaction. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 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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