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 Police received a call at 6:16 p.m. of an unconscious person, later identified as Karl Bomba, at a park approximately one mile south of the Spring Inn. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Lombard man charged with murder in Elmhurst bar altercation," 13 Apr. 2021 Under cross-examination, Zimmerman agreed that an unconscious person can become combative when revived, kicking and thrashing about. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "A week of compelling and potentially devastating testimony at Derek Chauvin's murder trial," 3 Apr. 2021 Police responded to a Northeast Portland Goodwill store June 29, 2018, on reports of an unconscious person nearby. oregonlive, "Portland man charged with murder in 2018 homicide," 18 Mar. 2021 He was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. Julie Watson, ajc, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes," 4 Mar. 2021 He was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. NBC News, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years in prison for rape and assault," 3 Mar. 2021 He was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. Julie Watson, Star Tribune, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes," 3 Mar. 2021 He was convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. Julie Watson, sun-sentinel.com, "Former Hurricanes standout Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes," 3 Mar. 2021 According to police, at around 5:58 p.m. authorities arrived to a call for an unconscious person. Washington Post, "66-year-old Silver Spring man charged in fatal shooting of 60-year-old man in Northeast Washington," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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“Unconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconscious. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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.

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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