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.

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Simultaneously, Boston Fire and Boston EMS were responding to a medical aid call for an unconscious woman at 313 Old Colony Ave., which abuts the rotary. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston EMS supervisor allegedly attacked by woman during medical aid call in South Boston," 12 July 2019 Police had responded Thursday morning to an intersection in Aldan, Pa., which is about a half-hour drive from Philadelphia, after reports that the men were unconscious inside the manhole, officials told Fox 29. Fox News, "Two men dead after being pulled from manhole in Pennsylvania, reports say," 12 July 2019 In the obvious sense this might be true, but creation and change in language tend to be organic — created in response to an existing need, and largely unconscious. Declan Leary, National Review, "‘Latinx’ Is a Stupid Word," 11 July 2019 Fonseca, 24, of Davie, was unconscious after the crash and was also taken to a hospital. Linda Trischitta, sun-sentinel.com, "Driver charged in DUI crash that killed his passenger, cops say," 11 July 2019 Preliminary evidence indicates the car veered off the road, struck the poll and was engulfed in flames with the two victims unconscious inside. Rachel Raskin-zrihen, The Mercury News, "29-year-old Bay Area doctor killed in fiery crash on July 4," 9 July 2019 Disorderly conduct, Stoneybrook Lane: Police responded to a call of an unconscious woman in a car at 8:16 p.m. July 6. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Delivery man caught on camera burglarizing home: Brunswick Police Blotter," 8 July 2019 Meanwhile, Garland police received a call of an unconscious person near a store across the street from the station. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Dallas man found passed out, charged with vandalizing gas regulator station in Garland," 6 July 2019 Officials at the national monument received a text message about 12:40 p.m. Saturday that a boat flipped at Triplet Falls on the Green River, leaving a man unconscious. George Tanner, The Denver Post, "Rafting accident on Green River in Dinosaur National Monument leaves one man dead," 6 July 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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