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
1705–15; 1915–20 for def 6Related formsun·con·scious·ly, adverbun·con·scious·ness, nounqua·si-un·con·scious, adjectivequa·si-un·con·scious·ly, adverbself-un·con·scious, adjective
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Related Words for unconsciousnessoblivion
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He had been too dazed to resist; he had not known what had gripped him in his unconsciousness and weakness.
Chris stared, almost forgetting the pose of unconsciousness in his bewilderment.
Slowly she realized that she was being choked into unconsciousness.
After Ali fell he lived a moment, though only in unconsciousness.
His hand closed tightly on hers, and he sank back into unconsciousness.
British Dictionary definitions for unconsciousness
the state of being without normal sensory awareness; insensibility
Derived Formsunconsciously, adverb
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
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Word Origin and History for unconsciousness
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.
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unconsciousness in Medicine
A state of impaired consciousness in which one shows no responsiveness to environmental stimuli but may respond to deep pain with involuntary movements.
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.
Related formsun•con′scious•ly adv.
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.
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unconsciousness in Culture
The part of the psyche lying far below consciousness and not easily raised into consciousness. In Freudian psychology, the unconscious cannot be directly observed with the conscious mind, but it has its own processes and deeply affects conscious thought.
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