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[uh-wair-nis] /əˈwɛər nɪs/
the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness:
The object of the information drive is to raise awareness of what spreads HIV/AIDS.
Origin of awareness
Related forms
hyperawareness, noun
overawareness, noun
self-awareness, noun Unabridged
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  • In the enormous evening only a little shiver of self-awareness was left to her.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • After all, it's just a question of increasing their self-awareness.

    Piper in the Woods Philip K. Dick
  • His extraordinary self-estimate and self-awareness are equally noticeable.

    Whitman John Burroughs
  • The test of a civilized person is first self-awareness, and then depth after depth of sincerity in self-confrontation.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
  • Early words are a record of the self-awareness of the human, denoting body parts and elementary actions.

Word Origin and History for self-awareness

1876, from self- + awareness.



1828, from aware + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-awareness in Medicine

self-awareness n.
Realization of oneself as an individual entity or personality.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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