View synonyms for consciously


[ kon-shuhs-lee ]


  1. with knowledge or awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.:

    Negative attitudes can be reinforced, both consciously and unconsciously, by teachers, parents, and peers.

    At any moment we probably aren't consciously aware of most of the sounds around us.

  2. with clear intent; deliberately:

    The need to consciously make time for exercise is a relatively recent phenomenon.

  3. in a way that is sustainable, or with awareness of one’s effect on the environment, society, etc.:

    Shop locally and consciously, and support a business that supports our community.

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Other Words From

  • half-con·scious·ly adverb
  • non·con·scious·ly adverb
  • o·ver·con·scious·ly adverb
  • qua·si-con·scious·ly adverb
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Example Sentences

As such, Democrats need to consciously strategize to appeal to voters who do not naturally agree with them.

From Vox

I made that decision consciously, and I would make it again.

Rather, it means shifting your emotional spectrum—away from unhealthy emotions like anger and toward the mindful embracing of healthy ones like joy—by working on consciously altering the way you think about yourself and the world.

We called up some experts for tips on how to ride consciously this season.

Nobody consciously decided we wanted to continue to pile onto those unfortunate folks, but we may not have addressed all their needs.

“I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can,” Booker told me in a phone interview.

In retirement, Frank is consciously trying to pare down and rein in.

Leaving the body consciously is a feat only a fully liberated master with no more karma can accomplish.

And then I started thinking more consciously about the way other stories might fit.

And Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have consciously uncoupled.

Jean grinned and dribbled self-consciously, and showed his two little teeth to the proudest father in the world.

It looks very much as if the same policy adopted in the war of 1871-3 had been consciously followed.

I wonder why wise men choose silly wives always, she added consciously, playing with the reins.

Edna was not so consciously gratified at her husband's leaving home as she had been over the departure of her father.

Probably, he did not discover this consciously for himself: the result, in any case, was logical and obvious.