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

The victim was knocked unconscious during that attack, authorities say. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Man arrested in 2017 rape case shoved cocaine into victim’s face, police say," 7 Aug. 2019 According to the lawsuit, Kramer, a frequent Patriot Prayer rally participant, hit a female Cider Riot patron on the head with a baton and knocked her unconscious. oregonlive.com, "Grand jury indicts two men in May Day attack of woman outside Cider Riot bar," 7 Aug. 2019 The second victim, 69, from San Francisco, tried to intervene but was knocked unconscious by the suspects, officials said. Eduardo Medina, SFChronicle.com, "SF police ask public to help identify three men suspected of strong-arm robbery," 30 July 2019 She was knocked unconscious and taken to Denver Health by ambulance, the report states. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Colorado Rockies ban scooter riding near Coors Field during games amid heavier traffic, face-first crash," 18 July 2019 The witness said the two men had a fight at the nearby Congressman Market on Main Street about five days earlier and Wright punched Keaton in the face, knocking him unconscious. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Mayor Luke Bronin asks state for help with city violence as latest homicide suspect faces judge," 16 July 2019 Along the way, he was knocked down and knocked out and knocked unconscious. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Many Stages of Manny: How Pacquiao Keeps Reinventing Himself," 16 July 2019 When the victim walked outside to confront the group, three men began physically assaulting him, knocking him unconscious, police said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police seek tips about group of men who beat, robbed man in Kearny Mesa," 10 July 2019 Jack is riding his bike home one night when a mysterious power outage strikes, coinciding with the moment when he gets hit by a bus and knocked unconscious. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: 'Yesterday' imagines a world without the Beatles — and doesn't make you want to visit," 26 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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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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