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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Adjective

consciously adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

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 The researchers scanned 98 participants, who were either lying still but conscious or in an unresponsive state. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Constant Shifts between Mental States Mark a Signature of Consciousness," 12 Mar. 2020 To anyone alive and conscious in 1968, the details are painful. Claudia Dreifus, New York Times, "Following the Civil Rights Trail," 11 Mar. 2020 By synthesizing an array of influences — Sudanese music, classical music, Celtic folk songs and R&B balladry — her lyrics narrate a quest to make the unconscious conscious. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 9 Mar. 2020 Eight days later, the 57-year-old was barely conscious in a hospital bed, one of the first suspected cases in a coronavirus epidemic that has paralyzed China and gripped the global economy. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "How It All Started: China’s Early Coronavirus Missteps," 6 Mar. 2020 Emma Woodhouse may be the most class-conscious of Jane Austen's heroines, an essence that Catton captures and Taylor-Joy evokes with her performance. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Autumn de Wilde’s ‘Emma’ Gets Right About Jane Austen’s Irony," 5 Mar. 2020 Fair condition would mean vitals have stabilized and are normal, the patient is conscious with favorable indicators, though the person might be uncomfortable. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Ryan Newman's Dayton 500 crash left him in serious condition. But what does that mean?," 18 Feb. 2020 These results provided compelling evidence that the patient was, despite all outward appearances, still conscious. Mackenzie Graham, STAT, "Armchair philosophizing doesn’t help conscious patients in vegetative states," 10 Feb. 2020 Sedation causes the brain to take on a semi-conscious or unconscious state, and the drugs include propofol and benzodiazepines. Popular Science, "Working out in the ICU could help patients in the long run," 28 Jan. 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 30 Mar. 2020.

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conscious

adjective
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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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