[ kon-shuhns ]
/ ˈkɒn ʃəns /
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the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience.
the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual.
an inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I'd eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me.
Obsolete. consciousness; self-knowledge.
Obsolete. strict and reverential observance.
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Idioms for conscience
- in all reason and fairness.
- certainly; assuredly.
have something on one's conscience, to feel guilty about something, as an act that one considers wrong: She behaves as if she had something on her conscience.
in all conscience,
Origin of conscience
OTHER WORDS FROM consciencecon·science·less, adjectivecon·science·less·ly, adverbcon·science·less·ness, nounsub·con·science, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH conscienceconscience , conscious
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Example sentences from the Web for conscience
The mottled goosebone of the Allentown prophet is no more meteorologically accurate than our subconscience.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
British Dictionary definitions for conscience
/ (ˈkɒnʃəns) /
- the sense of right and wrong that governs a person's thoughts and actions
- regulation of one's actions in conformity to this sense
- a supposed universal faculty of moral insight
a feeling of guilt or anxietyhe has a conscience about his unkind action
in conscience or in all conscience
- with regard to truth and justice
on one's conscience causing feelings of guilt or remorse
Derived forms of conscienceconscienceless, adjective
Word Origin for conscience
C13: from Old French, from Latin conscientia knowledge, consciousness, from conscīre to know; see conscious
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Medical definitions for conscience
[ kŏn′shəns ]
The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong.
The part of the superego that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.
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Idioms and Phrases with conscience
see have a clear conscience; in conscience.
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