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conscious
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
environmentally conscious
Definition
aware or concerned about something
  • She had to look away, and abruptly she was conscious of the crowded dock.
    p. 247.4
conscious = aware
  • She would naturally have lifted her skirts free of the uncut grass, but a new self-consciousness restrained her.
    p. 29.9
self-consciousness = nervousness or discomfort about what others would think of him

(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 are no more uses of "conscious" flagged with this meaning in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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2  —3 uses as in:
the conscious mind
Definition
mental activity of which one is self-aware
  • She had never consciously made any decision, but suddenly there it was waiting and unmistakable. "'Tis no use, William," she said now. "You and I would always be uneasy, all of our lives. We would always be hoping for the other one to be different, and always being disappointed when it didn't happen."
    p. 230.1
consciously = with mental activity of which one is aware
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Braced to meet the reserve and suspicion she had encountered at every introduction so far, Kit was startled to meet the unmistakably dazzled gaze of William Ashby, and unconsciously she rewarded him with the first genuine smile she had managed this morning.
    p. 57.5
  • unconsciously = instinctively (without thought or intent)

    (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.)
  • A seaman in a blue coat bent to check a row of barrels, and as he straightened up, even before he turned or before she consciously recognized him, Kit began to run.
    p. 247.0
consciously = with mental activity of which one is aware
There are no more uses of "conscious" flagged with this meaning in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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