unconscious

adjective
un·​con·​scious | \ ˌən-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce unconscious (audio) \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for unconscious

Synonyms: Adjective

cold, insensible, senseless

Antonyms: Adjective

conscious

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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

Higher concentrations in areas without ventilation can knock someone unconscious. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "A Poison-Detecting Watch for Gas and Oil Workers," 11 Nov. 2018 In 2011, Rivera crashed during a race in Qatar and was knocked unconscious. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Gear You Need to Stay Safe on a Road Bike," 5 July 2018 This model, Lange writes, overwhelmingly works against women, who already have a hard time getting work because of unconscious bias, and who are statistically more likely to take time off to tend to their families. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Isn't a Woman Directing My Brilliant Friend?," 5 Apr. 2017 For the surrealists, blobs were a way of visualizing dreams and the unconscious, Skov says. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 The 26-year-old Sheboygan man, who was driving the ATV, was unconscious from injuries sustained in the crash when officers arrived, the Sheriff's Department said. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alcohol suspected to be a factor in ATV crash that sent a 26-year-old to the hospital," 24 June 2018 The Hokies, meanwhile, were almost unconscious from the perimeter. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "How Alabama out-punched Virginia Tech in NCAA tournament," 15 Mar. 2018 The vehicle was parked at a gas pump in Crestview in Florida's Panhandle as Amanda Hatton, 23, and Jared Smith, 31, lay unconscious inside along with the 3-year-old, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Tiffini Theisen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Adults pass out in truck; tot left in reach of syringes, meth, oxycodone: report," 14 Mar. 2018 His Love Ranch brothel is where NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015. Fox News, "Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72," 16 Oct. 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 How to pronounce unconscious (audio) \

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 How to pronounce unconscious (audio) \

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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