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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The hospital allowed Derrick to have a Zoom call with his dad, who had been unconscious. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit couple married 53 years die days apart," 14 May 2020 While others in the ICU were unconscious, Bruner-Ringo was awake, smiling at staff, following their instructions and writing notes. Los Angeles Times, "A nurse died from COVID-19. Her family says elite L.A. care home ordered her to admit a sick man," 1 May 2020 Johnson was unconscious and taken to University Hospital for treatment. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Affidavit: Teen suspect asked off-duty officer if he ‘was ready to die’," 3 Apr. 2020 Two floors of the hospital had been entirely transformed into critical-care units; patients on the second floor were unconscious. Amy Weiss-meyer, The Atlantic, "The Visible Exhaustion of Doctors and Nurses Fighting the Coronavirus," 28 Mar. 2020 Johnson was unconscious and had to be extracted from her vehicle, police said. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Drunk driver who caused fatal Westminster crash gets 29 years in prison," 30 Dec. 2019 The driver, identified as DeCoursey, was unconscious. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Sykesville man killed in Friday crash, overturned SUV found in stream," 19 July 2019 Askren was unconscious upon impact with the ground, and Masvidal threw several unblocked punches before the referee pulled him off Askren. Jenna West, SI.com, "Jorge Masvidal Knocks Out Ben Askren in Five Seconds to Set New UFC Record," 6 July 2019 Hadia was unconscious by the time Ronah got home that day. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Mourning refugees risk a war zone to bury their dead at home," 20 June 2019

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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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The first known use of unconscious was in 1712

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconscious. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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unconscious

adjective
How to pronounce unconscious (audio)

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.

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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