- not conscious; without awareness, sensation, or cognition.
- temporarily devoid of consciousness.
- not perceived at the level of awareness; occurring below the level of conscious thought: an unconscious impulse.
- not consciously realized, planned, or done; without conscious volition or intent: an unconscious social slight.
- not endowed with mental faculties: the unconscious stones.
- the unconscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind containing psychic material that is only rarely accessible to awareness but that has a pronounced influence on behavior.
Origin of unconscious
Examples from the Web for unconsciousness
Dr. Karasu said "there's a greater pleasure in the unconsciousness of revenge - it's more powerful than success."McCain's Revenge
November 5, 2008
He had been too dazed to resist; he had not known what had gripped him in his unconsciousness and weakness.The Bluff of the Hawk
Chris stared, almost forgetting the pose of unconsciousness in his bewilderment.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
Slowly she realized that she was being choked into unconsciousness.The Film of Fear
After Ali fell he lived a moment, though only in unconsciousness.The Scapegoat
His hand closed tightly on hers, and he sank back into unconsciousness.Audrey Craven
- the state of being without normal sensory awareness; insensibility
- lacking normal sensory awareness of the environment; insensible
- not aware of one's actions, behaviour, etcunconscious of his bad manners
- characterized by lack of awareness or intentionan unconscious blunder
- coming from or produced by the unconsciousunconscious resentment
Word Origin and History for unconsciousness
1712, "unaware, not marked by conscious thought," from un- (1) "not" + conscious. Meaning "temporarily insensible, knocked out" is recorded from 1860. In psychology, the noun the unconscious (1884) is a loan-translation of German das Unbewusste. The adjective in this sense is recorded from 1912.
- A state of impaired consciousness in which one shows no responsiveness to environmental stimuli but may respond to deep pain with involuntary movements.
- Of or in a state of unconsciousness; not conscious.
- Occurring in the absence of conscious awareness or thought, as an emotion or motive.
- Without conscious control; involuntary or unintended.
- In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the mind containing elements of psychic makeup, such as memories or repressed desires, that are not subject to conscious perception or control but that often affect conscious thoughts and behavior.