- not conscious; without awareness, sensation, or cognition.
- temporarily devoid of consciousness.
- not perceived at the level of awareness; occurring below the level of conscious thought: an unconscious impulse.
- not consciously realized, planned, or done; without conscious volition or intent: an unconscious social slight.
- not endowed with mental faculties: the unconscious stones.
- the unconscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind containing psychic material that is only rarely accessible to awareness but that has a pronounced influence on behavior.
Origin of unconscious
Examples from the Web for unconscious
One of the mobs caught Dr. Saptal Singh, beat him unconscious—and presuming him dead—threw his body off a train.
“The punches and kicks eventually knocked me unconscious and left me completely unresponsive,” Singh explained.
“It was unconscious in the beginning, finding certain things that nobody else had them,” she says.Tatiana Sorokko Is the Queen of Vintage Couture
October 8, 2014
The occupants, unconscious, were buried alive and in total darkness.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
What the report fails to note is that Rice knocked Ms. Palmer unconscious, as a subsequently released video attests.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.
July 24, 2014
Yet his voice was unbroken and he was, indeed, unconscious of the tears.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This was the effect of the unconscious influence of Harry Ashton.Life in London
And last night he himself had carried down Wilson's unconscious figure.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The edge of the ice-cake had taken Tiakens under the chin and he was unconscious.The Trail Book
Evidently Donald's foot was caught and he was unconscious from the pain.Her Father's Daughter
- lacking normal sensory awareness of the environment; insensible
- not aware of one's actions, behaviour, etcunconscious of his bad manners
- characterized by lack of awareness or intentionan unconscious blunder
- coming from or produced by the unconsciousunconscious resentment
Word Origin and History for unconscious
1712, "unaware, not marked by conscious thought," from un- (1) "not" + conscious. Meaning "temporarily insensible, knocked out" is recorded from 1860. In psychology, the noun the unconscious (1884) is a loan-translation of German das Unbewusste. The adjective in this sense is recorded from 1912.
- Of or in a state of unconsciousness; not conscious.
- Occurring in the absence of conscious awareness or thought, as an emotion or motive.
- Without conscious control; involuntary or unintended.
- In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the mind containing elements of psychic makeup, such as memories or repressed desires, that are not subject to conscious perception or control but that often affect conscious thoughts and behavior.