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conscious

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1  —as in:
conscious after the operation
Definition awake (not asleep or in a state similar to sleep where one is unaware of anything)
  • The operation can be done with local anesthetic, so the patient is still conscious.
conscious = awake
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She regained consciousness about an hour after the operation.
  • consciousness = awareness of surroundings
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • She is conscious and alert, but very weak.
  • conscious = awake
  • At least some of the crew were probably alive and at least briefly conscious after the Challenger space shuttle broke up.
  • conscious = aware of surroundings
  • Did she lose consciousness from the accident?
  • consciousness = awareness of surroundings
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • He fights consciousness. He wants to go back to the dream he was having.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • consciousness = waking up
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Jonas felt himself losing consciousness and with his whole being willed himself to stay upright atop the sled, clutching Gabriel, keeping him safe.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • consciousness = wakefulness
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Then he crawled into the sleeping bag his mother had sewn for him and slipped into unconsciousness.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • unconsciousness = sleep
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconsciousness means not and reverses the meaning of consciousness. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He lived for half an hour, quite conscious, and in terrible pain.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • conscious = awake
  • A black shroud fell over her vision and she lost consciousness, giving Redd the only advantage she needed to put an end to the upstart princess.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
consciousness = wakefulness (awareness of surroundings)
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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2  —as in:
a conscious effort to lose weight
Definition intentional (done on purpose) — perhaps with significant effort
  • She made a conscious effort to speak more slowly.
conscious = intentional
(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She made a conscious decision not to get married until after college.
  • conscious = intentional
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • It was a conscious decision to sacrifice some information so we could get a report faster.
  • conscious = intentional
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • She makes a conscious effort to keep that image.
  • conscious = intentional
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • I didn't make a conscious decision to read more, but I found myself reading one mystery after another.
  • conscious = intentional
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • In the days that followed, I wrote that passage everywhere—unconsciously, compulsively.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • unconsciously = not intentionally (without thought or plan)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconsciously means not and reverses the meaning of consciously. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • To resist takes a tremendous conscious effort; you don't dare let your guard down for an instant.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • conscious = intentional (done on purpose with effort)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He was twisting his hands now, unconsciously.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • unconsciously = without intent (not done on purpose for a reason)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconsciously means not and reverses the meaning of consciously. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Like many of the Jews believed, he didn't think the hatred could last, and it was a conscious decision not to follow Hitler.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • conscious = intentional (done on purpose)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • If she were to hurt him a second time, though, it would he a conscious act.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
conscious = intentional (done on purpose)
(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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3  —as in:
environmentally conscious
Definition aware or concerned about something
  • She prides herself on being socially conscious.
conscious = aware and concerned
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Prior to that, I had not been conscious that I was gay.
  • conscious = aware
  • She is very environmentally conscious.
  • conscious = aware and concerned
  • As she spoke, she became increasing conscious that her opinion was unpopular.
  • conscious = aware and concerned
  • She considers it her responsibility to be conscious of her influence on young fans.
  • conscious = aware and concerned
  • This model is popular amongst those who are cost-conscious.
  • conscious = aware and concerned
  • The restaurant serves delicious food at a reasonable price, but is most popular among those who are health-conscious.
  • conscious = aware and concerned
  • It's natural for her to dance that way, but she's also conscious of what causes boys to react.
  • conscious = aware
  • As a pilot, he was keenly conscious that if he made a mistake, eight other men could die.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • conscious = aware and concerned
  • Squirming a little, conscious of his filthy appearance, Ralph answered shyly.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
conscious = aware (and concerned about)

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4  —as in:
the conscious mind
Definition mental activity of which one is self-aware
  • In that kind of situation, there's no time for conscious thought. You just have to react instinctively.
conscious = mental activity of which one is self-aware
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I can't say I'm conscious of the reason I feel this way, but to quote Shakespeare, "The heart has reasons that reason does not understand."
  • conscious = with mental awareness
  • I instinctively grabbed at the gun without conscious thought.
  • conscious = mental activity of which one is self-aware
  • She planted a hypnotic suggestion in an attempt to bypass the conscious mind.
  • conscious = mental activity of which one is self-aware
  • "Your body knows what to do." ... It's unconscious.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • unconscious = done without mental awareness
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky. Also note that while many people use this as a synonym for subconscious, experts in the mind may distinguish a difference.)
  • Unconsciously, I had these feelings even before I came here.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • unconsciously = without awareness of it
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconsciously means not and reverses the meaning of consciously. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky. Also note that while many people use this as a synonym for subconsciously, experts in the mind may distinguish a difference.)
  • It needed also a sort of athleticism of mind, an ability at one moment to make the most delicate use of logic and at the next to be unconscious of the crudest logical errors.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • unconscious = mentally unaware
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky. Also note that while many people use this as a synonym for subconscious, experts in the mind may distinguish a difference.)
  • There did not seem to be with her now the unconscious struggle for life and strength that had hitherto so marked her illness.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • unconscious = instinctive (without thought or intent)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconscious means not and reverses the meaning of conscious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky. Also note that while many people use this as a synonym for subconscious, experts in the mind may distinguish a difference.)
  • The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart it: He was just a Hazara, wasn't he?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • conscious = mental activity of which one is aware
  • He had unconsciously invented a game which brought his own athletic gifts to their highest pitch.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
unconsciously = not in a self-aware manner
(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconsciously means not and reverses the meaning of consciously. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky. Also note that while many people use this as a synonym for subconsciously, experts in the mind may distinguish a difference.)

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5  —as in:
conscious life on other planets
Definition capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
  • How common is conscious life in the universe?
conscious = capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Will artificial intelligence reach the level of consciousness?
  • consciousness = the state of being capable of capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The subtitle is Evolution from the Big Bang to Conscious Life.
  • conscious = capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
  • From the earliest epoch of her conscious life, she had entered upon this as her appointed mission.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • conscious = capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
  • If every part of an Unwind is still alive, then that consciousness has to go somewhere, doesn't it?
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • consciousness = part of a human that is capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • consciousness = the state of being capable of thought and self-reflection
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • "I don't know what happens to our consciousness when we're unwound," says Connor.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • consciousness = part of a human that is capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • I don't even know when that consciousness starts.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • consciousness = the state of being capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • consciousness = being capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Part Seven — Consciousness
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
consciousness = the state of being capable of thought, self-reflection, and will
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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