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semiconscious

[sem-ee-kon-shuh s, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈkɒn ʃəs, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
1.
half-conscious; not fully conscious.
Origin of semiconscious
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; semi- + conscious
Related forms
semiconsciously, adverb
semiconsciousness, noun
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  • There was some of that semiconscious gentleness of perfect success about him.

    'As Gold in the Furnace' John E. Copus
  • He knew no one, and did not speak, though he was semiconscious.

  • He no longer observed, no longer thought, and was but semiconscious.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • It caught Barney like a sack of sodden rags and flung him atop the dazed and semiconscious younger man.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • When I was summoned to see Mr. Morowitch I found him in a semiconscious state and scarcely breathing.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Slowly a luxurious sense of weariness overcame her and again she leaned back on her pillow and sank into a semiconscious sleep.

    The Place Beyond the Winds Harriet T. Comstock
  • Standing up was a delicate job, but he managed it, feeling rather proud of himself in a dim, semiconscious sort of way.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Might I ask whether in his semiconscious state he said anything that might at all serve as a clue?

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Even in his semiconscious state Rick realized the danger and managed to shut his eyes.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for semiconscious

semiconscious

/ˌsɛmɪˈkɒnʃəs/
adjective
1.
not fully conscious
Derived Forms
semiconsciously, adverb
semiconsciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for semiconscious
adj.

also semi-conscious, 1838, from semi- + conscious. Related: Semiconsciously; semiconsciousness.

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semiconscious in Medicine

semiconscious sem·i·con·scious (sěm'ē-kŏn'shəs, sěm'ī-)
adj.
Not completely aware of sensations; partially conscious.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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