- aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
- 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.
- having the mental faculties fully active: He was conscious during the operation.
- known to oneself; felt: conscious guilt.
- aware of what one is doing: a conscious liar.
- aware of oneself; self-conscious.
- deliberate; intentional: a conscious insult; a conscious effort.
- acutely aware of or concerned about: money-conscious; a diet-conscious society.
- Obsolete. inwardly sensible of wrongdoing.
- the conscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.
Origin of conscious
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Examples from the Web for consciously
“I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can,” Booker told me in a phone interview.Talking Tofurky With Newly Vegan Cory Booker
November 26, 2014
In retirement, Frank is consciously trying to pare down and rein in.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
And Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have consciously uncoupled.Melanie, Leave Antonio On Your Arm: The Emotional Politics of Tattoos
June 21, 2014
Also, prior to the part I had long, blonde hair, and was dressed in a consciously feminized manner.Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s Epic S4 Finale Showdown with The Hound
June 16, 2014
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced their intention to ‘consciously uncouple’—whatever that means.Seriously Gwyneth? WTF Is ‘Conscious Uncoupling’?
March 27, 2014
It had been many a day, many a year, since he had consciously observed his wife.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Daisy would never have done this consciously--of that I am positive.In the Valley
But, though he did not consciously will it, his thoughts were of Ora.
But the children are well aware of this fact, consciously or not, and react accordingly.The Sexual Question
But the man's eyes did not consciously record the details of that scene.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
- alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose
- aware of one's surroundings, one's own thoughts and motivations, etc
- aware of and giving value or emphasis to a particular fact or phenomenonI am conscious of your great kindness to me
- (in combination)clothes-conscious
- done with full awareness; deliberatea conscious effort; conscious rudeness
- 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
- (as noun)the conscious is only a small part of the mind
Word Origin and History for consciously
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.
- Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts.
- Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate.
- In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant.