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 According to authorities, a good Samaritan who lived next to where the wreck happened saw the burning car and pulled the unconscious driver, Trevino, out the window to safety. Nicole Hensley, Houston Chronicle, "Bar employee gave pitchers of beer to Fort Bend teens before deadly wreck, police say," 5 Feb. 2020 In 2001, his daughter called 911 to their home in California, where paramedics found Dr. Koller’s wife unconscious and him semiconscious with a fresh puncture wound in his arm, according to regulatory records. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Pets Are Just ‘Property,’ So Owners Can’t Do Much When Vets Harm Them," 4 Feb. 2020 After several sharp blows to the head during a Thai boxing bout in 2018, the scrawny 13-year-old fell to the floor, unconscious. The Economist, "Muay too young Despite a tragedy, children continue to compete in Thai boxing bouts," 1 Feb. 2020 Officers received a search warrant and found McGill in the home unconscious on the floor, a pill bottle nearby. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Man who fired 17 shots at officers pleads guilty," 30 Jan. 2020 Sedation causes the brain to take on a semi-conscious or unconscious state, and the drugs include propofol and benzodiazepines. Popular Science, "Working out in the ICU could help patients in the long run," 28 Jan. 2020 One survivor still remains unconscious at the hospital, though that person has not been identified. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "After their daughter’s death, Grace Rett’s family returns to the water," 17 Jan. 2020 As a team, Detroit was unconscious from long range by hitting 9 of 13 (69.2%) after coming in leading the Horizon League with an average of 8.9 per game. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Detroit Mercy 90, UW-Milwaukee 84: The Panthers' comeback ends in frustration," 16 Jan. 2020 And perhaps the unconscious feeling this system can be reached by humans sometime in the distant future. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "The Curious Case of Proxima C," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Unconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconsciousness. Accessed 23 Feb. 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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