- aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
- fully aware of or sensitive to something (often followed by of): conscious of one's own faults; He wasn't conscious of the gossip about his past.
- having the mental faculties fully active: He was conscious during the operation.
- known to oneself; felt: conscious guilt.
- aware of what one is doing: a conscious liar.
- aware of oneself; self-conscious.
- deliberate; intentional: a conscious insult; a conscious effort.
- acutely aware of or concerned about: money-conscious; a diet-conscious society.
- Obsolete. inwardly sensible of wrongdoing.
- the conscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.
Origin of conscious
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Examples from the Web for conscious
To his credit, Huckabee is conscious of the fact that he will need a cluster of deep-pocketed patrons and bundlers.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
Can a seven year old—let alone a two year old—really make the conscious calculations necessary to create “true” works of art?The Tiniest Jackson Pollock
November 5, 2014
And, as noted with victim blaming, this undermines men as thinking, rational, conscious beings.Hey, Creeps, ‘Compliments’ Are Harassment, Too
November 5, 2014
And at the time he wrote that letter, Derek was also conscious of his own mortality.The Queer Genius of Film Director Derek Jarman
November 1, 2014
This conscious uncoupling was a big deal because WTF is that even.Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin Consciously Couple
August 15, 2014
And yet all the while we have been conscious that we were not part of it.
The moment a man begins to be conscious of an audience he is artistically damned.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Unless we were conscious of the energies such a call would not reach us.The Conquest of Fear
There speaks the sophisticated and conscious literary technician!The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
He was conscious of a feeling of failure when he left her at last.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose
- aware of one's surroundings, one's own thoughts and motivations, etc
- aware of and giving value or emphasis to a particular fact or phenomenonI am conscious of your great kindness to me
- (in combination)clothes-conscious
- done with full awareness; deliberatea conscious effort; conscious rudeness
- denoting or relating to a part of the human mind that is aware of a person's self, environment, and mental activity and that to a certain extent determines his choices of action
- (as noun)the conscious is only a small part of the mind
Word Origin and History for conscious
c.1600, "knowing, privy to," from Latin conscius "knowing, aware," from conscire (see conscience); probably a loan-translation of Greek syneidos. A word adopted from the Latin poets and much mocked at first. Sense of "active and awake" is from 1837.
- Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts.
- Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate.
- In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant.