- 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 over-conscious
He was over-conscious, too, of the stains on his hands as he held it out.Cleo The Magnificent
Certainly it is possible that over-conscious art is too popular to-day.Children's Books and Their Illustrators
His freedom ran into undue licence; and he seems to be over-conscious, even proud, of his fantastical way of writing.The Poetry Of Robert Browning
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- 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 over-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.