: characterized by self-awareness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Along with their potential to become self-aware and develop a sense of self-preservation, this could lead to catastrophic outcomes. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Oladokun does all of this while also addressing her own emotional well-being with the same self-aware calm and gentleness. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2023 Dressed in timeless art-school black, Linney is deliciously dry in her portrait of a woman seemingly self-aware and in control, yet lost and vulnerable, too. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 26 Apr. 2023 Dominick eventually broke into his dad's house, costing him a night in lockup — a brief stint that the un-self-aware son equated to hard time. David K. Li, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2023 Many of the best futuristic stories of late have dealt with the ethics of treating self-aware virtual minds as property. Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2023 Bowser, meanwhile, is driven by dual desires to destroy the Mushroom Kingdom and force Peach to wed him under duress, a dichotomy that the film is at least self-aware enough to poke fun at. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2023 All of this is presented in a heady mix of self-aware jokes and elaborate CGI (the film mostly amounts to two actors shot against greenscreen). Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 31 Mar. 2023 By connecting directly to players, the self-aware tone strikes a resonant chord that winks to the audience in a way obscure comic book references can’t. WIRED, 31 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-aware was in 1924

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“Self-aware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-aware. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


: characterized by self-awareness
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