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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Police found her facedown and semi-conscious in the 2500 block of Alhambra Avenue around 11:43 p.m. after hearing the crash from their nearby station. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Hit-and-run suspect sought after pedestrian critically injured in East Bay," 7 June 2019 With its future in mind, Green City plans to expand its cooking and gardening classes to 10 local schools, up from three currently, to cultivate the next generation of conscious eaters. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Green City Market turns 20: Chicago's largest farmers market now 'a huge social event,' but it still faces a crop of challenges," 7 June 2019 The Fever rapper took to Instagram live to talk to her fans about her hopes for being more environmentally conscious this summer. Teen Vogue, "Megan thee Stallion Invites Fans to Do a Beach Cleanup," 6 June 2019 Fairlife is a brand of The Coca-Cola Company and is a low-fat and high protein milk the two companies are market to the health conscious. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Animal welfare group documents calf abuse at iconic Fair Oaks Farms, sparking investigation," 5 June 2019 Interestingly, Trump did want to meet with Boris Johnson during his state visit to the U.K., but Johnson—perhaps conscious of Trump’s widespread unpopularity in the country—turned him down. David Meyer, Fortune, "There's One Subject in the U.K. That's as Toxic as Brexit. Trump Just Waded Into It," 4 June 2019 Socializing feels good for your mental health right now, so set a conscious intention to nurture your friendships and community during the new moon in Gemini on Monday, June 3. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Leo Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Sharon Tate has been piercing the collective conscious in more ways than one. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Lily Rose Depp Channels Sharon Tate With ‘60s-Inspired Eyeliner," 28 May 2019 Our collective attention to conscious consumption has meant that more brands are making it a priority to produce within the U.S. (or calling attention to it if it was already being done). Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, Marie Claire, "The Do's and Don't's of a Closet Refresh," 6 May 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

 (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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