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[ kon-shuhs ]


  1. aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
  2. 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.

    Synonyms: percipient, knowing

  3. having the mental faculties fully active:

    He was conscious during the operation.

  4. known to oneself; felt:

    conscious guilt.

  5. aware of what one is doing:

    a conscious liar.

  6. aware of oneself; self-conscious.
  7. deliberate; intentional:

    a conscious insult; a conscious effort.

  8. acutely aware of or concerned about:

    money-conscious; a diet-conscious society.

  9. Obsolete. inwardly sensible of wrongdoing.


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


/ ˈkɒnʃəs /


    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 phenomenon

      I am conscious of your great kindness to me

    2. ( in combination )


  1. done with full awareness; deliberate

    conscious rudeness

    a conscious effort

    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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈconsciously, adverb
  • ˈconsciousness, noun

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Other Words From

  • con·scious·ly adverb
  • half-con·scious adjective
  • half-con·scious·ness noun
  • non·con·scious adjective
  • non·con·scious·ness noun
  • o·ver·con·scious adjective
  • o·ver·con·scious·ness noun
  • qua·si-con·scious adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of conscious1

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin conscius “sharing knowledge with,” equivalent to con- con- + sci- (stem of scīre “to know”; science ) + -us -ous; nice

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Word History and Origins

Origin of conscious1

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

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Synonym Study

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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Example Sentences

Marketers must be conscious not to devalue backgrounds and experiences, as this may be where nuance is needed most.

From Digiday

These connections form an intricate web of nerves linking the brain and spine to organs, allowing the latter to function independently of conscious thought, hence the term “autonomic.”

In the 80s and 90s, as people became more environmentally conscious, there was a revival of naturally pigmented cotton.

A key challenge for understanding or replicating smell, the authors write, is figuring out the essential bits of neural data from nose to brain that induce a conscious perception.

Their solution is a conscious shift towards a new way of organizing the world.

To his credit, Huckabee is conscious of the fact that he will need a cluster of deep-pocketed patrons and bundlers.

Can a seven year old—let alone a two year old—really make the conscious calculations necessary to create “true” works of art?

And, as noted with victim blaming, this undermines men as thinking, rational, conscious beings.

Rarely does a socially conscious video without celebrities or music make such an impact.

And at the time he wrote that letter, Derek was also conscious of his own mortality.

All through the sad duties of the next four days Felipe was conscious of the undercurrent of this premonition.

I am distinctly conscious of feeling more kindly disposed to that young man.

Could he be conscious of all this, and not excuse the unsteady youth—accuse himself?

She did not appear conscious that she had done anything unusual in commanding his presence.

This man does not appear at all put out by Mr. Arden's observant presence, nor even conscious of it.


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