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 Irene doesn't say anything because the idea of someone Cormac cares about lying unconscious in a hospital is too much to bear. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Meredith sees more dead people," 2 Apr. 2021 According to the statement, Bridgewater police were called to the intersection of Auburn and Summer streets around 12:40 a.m. after a passing driver saw Dalgliesh lying unconscious in the roadway. BostonGlobe.com, "Police seek public’s help in fatal hit-and-run in Bridgewater," 25 Mar. 2021 Police blocked traffic around the armed but apparently unconscious man on the 900 block of 40th Street. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland police officers who killed homeless man in 2018 should get their jobs back, internal review finds," 10 Mar. 2021 Frase says that’s key because Floyd is clearly unconscious and not resisting well before Chauvin finally removes his knee. Alex Perez, ABC News, "The legal landscape of the Derek Chauvin trial," 8 Mar. 2021 Lying unconscious, 10 floors above her son’s neonatal ICU crib, Nely struggled on the edge of death’s precipice for almost two weeks. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "‘Who do I go see? My husband, my daughter, the baby?’ In a single week, COVID ripped apart this Dallas family," 5 Mar. 2021 At one point, an apparently unconscious patient on a table briefly appeared in the frame. Darrell Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "California doctor performs surgery while appearing in Zoom traffic court appointment," 1 Mar. 2021 At one point, an apparently unconscious patient on a table briefly appeared in the frame. Washington Post, "California doctor attends Zoom court hearing during surgery: ‘I’m in an operating room right now.’," 1 Mar. 2021 This time, the 13-year-old seemed almost unconscious. oregonlive, "COVID-19′s disparate toll on Oregon, one year later," 28 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 17 Apr. 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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