conscious

[kon-shuhs]

adjective

noun

the conscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.

Nearby words

  1. conscient,
  2. conscientious,
  3. conscientious objection,
  4. conscientious objector,
  5. conscionable,
  6. conscious uncoupling,
  7. consciously,
  8. consciousness,
  9. consciousness raising,
  10. consciousness-expanding

Origin of conscious

1625–35; < Latin conscius sharing knowledge with, equivalent to con- con- + sci- (stem of scīre to know; see science) + -us -ous; cf. nice

Related forms
Can be confusedconscience conscious

Synonym study

2. Conscious, aware, cognizant refer to an individual sense of recognition of something within or without oneself. Conscious implies to be awake or awakened to an inner realization of a fact, a truth, a condition, etc.: to be conscious of an extreme weariness. Aware lays the emphasis on sense perceptions insofar as they are the object of conscious recognition: He was aware of the odor of tobacco. Cognizant lays the emphasis on an outer recognition more on the level of reason and knowledge than on the sensory level alone: He was cognizant of their drawbacks.

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British Dictionary definitions for conscious

conscious

adjective

  1. alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose
  2. aware of one's surroundings, one's own thoughts and motivations, etc
  1. aware of and giving value or emphasis to a particular fact or phenomenonI am conscious of your great kindness to me
  2. (in combination)clothes-conscious
done with full awareness; deliberatea conscious effort; conscious rudeness
  1. 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
  2. (as noun)the conscious is only a small part of the mind
Compare unconscious

Derived Formsconsciously, adverbconsciousness, noun

Word Origin for conscious

C17: from Latin conscius sharing knowledge, from com- with + scīre to know

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Word Origin and History for conscious

conscious

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for conscious

conscious

[kŏnshəs]

adj.

Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts.
Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate.

n.

In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant.
Related formsconscious•ly adv.


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