- 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 unconsciously
By the time she finished belting her way to God, I had unconsciously wandered from my office desk to a church pew.‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ Review: We. We Are Underwhelmed
May 27, 2014
I am indebted to them all, and hope to continue to steal from them, unconsciously or otherwise.Phillip Lopate’s Book Bag: The Essay Tradition
February 5, 2013
Black boys in hoodies are aesthetically and unconsciously calling for violent action.We Are All Trayvon Martin
Otis Moss III
April 13, 2012
Those who think you think you do will, if unconsciously, seek to thwart your progress.Your Week: What the Stars Predict
Starsky + Cox
August 28, 2011
Unconsciously, perhaps, Fraser reveals more about what Pinter saw in her than what she saw in him.Antonia Fraser on Her Wild Marriage
November 8, 2010
And so in fact, and yet all unconsciously, was Sir John doing for his son, William.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Which is, I suppose, the trend we are following, even if we follow it unconsciously.The Conquest of Fear
Unconsciously his arms tightened around her, drawing her to him.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She had, too, unconsciously to herself, solved one of the mysteries that surrounded me.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Unconsciously he made a nice contrast with his modern motor.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- 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 unconsciously
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.