unconscious

adjective
un·con·scious | \ ˌən-ˈkän(t)-shəs \

Definition of unconscious 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having lost consciousness was unconscious for three days

b(1) : not marked by conscious thought, sensation, or feeling unconscious motivation

(2) : of or relating to the unconscious

c : not possessing mind or consciousness unconscious matter

2a : not knowing or perceiving : not aware

b : free from self-awareness

3 : not consciously held or deliberately planned or carried out an unconscious bias

unconscious

noun

Definition of unconscious (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of mental life that does not ordinarily enter the individual's awareness yet may influence behavior and perception or be revealed (as in slips of the tongue or in dreams)

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Other words from unconscious

Adjective

unconsciously adverb
unconsciousness noun

Examples of unconscious in a Sentence

Adjective

He was knocked unconscious by a fall. She was unconscious for three days after the accident.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Another diver found him unconscious and attempted to give him CPR. Time, "A Former Thai Navy SEAL Has Died During a Rescue Mission for Soccer Team Trapped in a Cave," 6 July 2018 Afterward, the group left Barnes unconscious and bleeding on the ground. Julie Shaw, Philly.com, "3 women get long prison terms in fatal beating of homeless man at Olney gas station," 29 June 2018 Three years later and a hundred yards from the finish line, a fellow climber began suffering altitude sickness, fell unconscious and required rescue. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Great Wait Is Finally Over: After 13 Seasons, Alex Ovechkin Is a Stanley Cup Champion," 11 June 2018 Paramedics arrived and found Fanning unconscious and not breathing. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "A 71-year-old woman stopped breathing in a watery pod. Now, a lawmaker seeks changes," 5 June 2018 Caruth was knocked unconscious and sustained massive injuries to his face. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Bronx, NY, Man Allegedly Beaten by Pizzeria Employee With Wooden Pizza-Making Tool Demands Justice," 31 May 2018 Hours after the storm passes, Tami is relieved to see Richard alive but unconscious and seriously wounded. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Shailene Woodley's performance powers the evasive shipwreck-survival drama 'Adrift'," 31 May 2018 Police officers found de Burgos on the street, unconscious and without identification, in the early hours of July 5, 1953. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico’s Identity," 28 May 2018 Upon arrival, officers discovered Teal lying unconscious and face down on the ground. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "NOPD seeks suspect in February murder of Alabama man," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of unconscious

Adjective

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

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unconscious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unconscious

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not awake especially because of an injury, drug, etc.

: not aware of something

: not intended or planned : not consciously done

unconscious

noun

English Language Learners Definition of unconscious (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of the mind that a person is not aware of but that is often a powerful force in controlling behavior

unconscious

adjective
un·con·scious | \ ˌən-ˈkän-shəs \

Kids Definition of unconscious

1 : not aware He was unconscious of being watched.

2 : having lost consciousness I was knocked unconscious by the fall.

3 : not intentional or planned an unconscious error

Other words from unconscious

unconsciously adverb She unconsciously tightened her grip.
unconsciousness noun

unconscious

adjective
un·con·scious | \ ˌən-ˈkän-chəs \

Medical Definition of unconscious 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not marked by conscious thought, sensation, or feeling unconscious motivation

2 : of or relating to the unconscious

3 : having lost consciousness was unconscious for three days

Other words from unconscious

unconsciously adverb
unconsciousness noun

unconscious

noun

Medical Definition of unconscious (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of mental life that is not ordinarily integrated or available to consciousness yet may be manifested as a motive force in overt behavior (as in neurosis) and is often revealed (as through dreams, slips of the tongue, or dissociated acts) — compare subconscious

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