EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun 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. Idioms 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, in all reason and fairness. certainly; assuredly. Also in conscience. Origin of conscience 1175–1225; Middle English
knowledge, awareness, conscience. See
science Related forms con·science·less, adjective con·science·less·ly, adverb con·science·less·ness, noun sub·con·science, noun
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Examples from the Web for subconscience Historical Examples of subconscience British Dictionary definitions for subconscience noun 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 conscientiousness; diligence a feeling of guilt or anxiety he has a conscience about his unkind action obsolete consciousness in conscience or in all conscience with regard to truth and justice certainly on one's conscience causing feelings of guilt or remorse Derived Forms conscienceless, adjective Word Origin for conscience
C13: from Old French, from Latin
conscientia knowledge, consciousness, from conscīre to know; see conscious
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Word Origin and History for subconscience n.
early 13c., from Old French
conscience "conscience, innermost thoughts, desires, intentions; feelings" (12c.), from Latin conscientia "knowledge within oneself, sense of right, a moral sense," from conscientem (nominative consciens), present participle of conscire "be (mutually) aware," from com- "with," or "thoroughly" (see com-) + scire "to know" (see science).
Probably a loan-translation of Greek
syneidesis, literally "with-knowledge." Sometimes nativized in Old English/Middle English as inwit. Russian also uses a loan-translation, so-vest, "conscience," literally "with-knowledge."
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subconscience in Medicine n. 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 subconscience
see have a clear conscience; in conscience.
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