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

The officer found the unconscious woman on the ground and started life-saving efforts. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Female motorcycle passenger dies in late-night crash on Johnson Drive in Shawnee," 26 June 2018 In January 2015, then-Stanford student Brock Turner was caught by passersby assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Another #MeToo Win: Californians Recall Judge in Brock Turner Rape Case," 6 June 2018 In newspapers my name was 'unconscious intoxicated woman,' 10 syllables, and nothing more than that. Augie Martin, CNN, "Early returns show voters backing recall of judge who gave Stanford swimmer 6 months for sex assault," 6 June 2018 Two graduate students on bicycles rode up and saw the unconscious woman being assaulted. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Judge who gave Brock Turner lenient six-month sentence in Sanford rape case recalled," 6 June 2018 Thompson has been a deputy with the sheriff's office since 2011, state records show, and received an award from the police agency in 2014 for performing CPR on an unconscious woman while on duty until paramedics arrived. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Marion County deputy reassigned after repeated punching of homeless man during arrest," 5 June 2018 Turner was arrested in January 2015 after two graduate students on bicycles rode up as an unconscious woman was being assaulted near a trash bin. John Bacon, ajc, "Judgment day arrives for Aaron Persky, who sentenced Brock Turner in Stanford rape case," 5 June 2018 He and a nurse got the unconscious woman onboard the plane and flew off to the hospital in Wewak, about an hour away. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diegan's dream takes flight with life-saving float plane in Papua New Guinea," 13 May 2018 About six years ago, Patterson’s ex-girlfriend moved out of his Windermere home and found a case of videos appearing to show him raping unconscious women, police said. Krista Torralva, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jury convicts Windermere man of rape," 7 Mar. 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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