consciousness

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noun con·scious·ness \ˈkän(t)-shəs-nəs\

Definition of consciousness

  1. 1a :  the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneselfb :  the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or factc :  awareness; especially :  concern for some social or political cause The organization aims to raise the political consciousness of teenagers.

  2. 2 :  the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought :  mind

  3. 3 :  the totality of conscious states of an individual

  4. 4 :  the normal state of conscious life regained consciousness

  5. 5 :  the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes

Examples of consciousness in a Sentence

  1. The medication caused her to enter an altered state of consciousness.

  2. The events have become part of the national consciousness.

  3. He hopes that he can raise public consciousness of the disease.

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Origin and Etymology of consciousness

see 1conscious



CONSCIOUSNESS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of consciousness for English Language Learners

  • : the condition of being conscious : the normal state of being awake and able to understand what is happening around you

  • : a person's mind and thoughts

  • : knowledge that is shared by a group of people


CONSCIOUSNESS Defined for Kids

consciousness

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noun con·scious·ness \ˈkän-shəs-nəs\

Definition of consciousness for Students

  1. 1 :  the condition of being mentally awake and active Following surgery, she slowly regained consciousness.

  2. 2 :  the part of the mind involving thought and awareness The memory is preserved in my consciousness.

  3. 3 :  knowledge of something specified News reports raised consciousness of the problem.


Medical Dictionary

consciousness

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noun con·scious·ness \ˈkän-chə-snəs\

Medical Definition of consciousness

  1. 1:  the totality in psychology of sensations, perceptions, ideas, attitudes, and feelings of which an individual or a group is aware at any given time or within a given time span altered states of consciousness, such as sleep, dreaming and hypnosis—Bob Gaines

  2. 2:  waking life (as that to which one returns after sleep, trance, or fever) in which one's normal mental powers are present the ether wore off and the patient regained consciousness

  3. 3:  the upper part of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes



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