an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation
"he lost consciousness"
awareness, consciousness, cognizance, cognisance, knowingness(noun)
having knowledge of
"he had no awareness of his mistakes"; "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced"; "their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive"
The state of being conscious or aware; awareness.
the state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc
immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention
feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence
Consciousness is the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind. Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is. As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: "Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives." Philosophers since the time of Descartes and Locke have struggled to comprehend the nature of consciousness and pin down its essential properties. Issues of concern in the philosophy of consciousness include whether the concept is fundamentally valid; whether consciousness can ever be explained mechanistically; whether non-human consciousness exists and if so how it can be recognized; how consciousness relates to language; whether consciousness can be understood in a way that does not require a dualistic distinction between mental and physical states or properties; and whether it may ever be possible for computers or robots to be conscious.
The Roycroft Dictionary
A state wherein one becomes aware that he is being robbed, swindled or duped, by either a natural or an artificial law. Aside from his periods of sleep it may be said that man is always in a state of consciousness when voting, making love, or when succumbing to any other form of hypnotic suggestion.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Sense of awareness of self and of the environment.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'consciousness' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3633
Rank popularity for the word 'consciousness' in Nouns Frequency: #1524
The numerical value of consciousness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of consciousness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
For the last seven days, the city's and the country's consciousness has focused on an act of disrespect.
Parents with higher incomes typically have more desirable (traits) such as higher IQ, motivation, persistence, and consciousness.
The evolution of consciousness culminates in an all-inclusive consciousness that functions in the context of the infinite and the eternal.
It is not the consciousness of men that determines their beeing, but on the contrary, it is their social being that determines their consciousness.
Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
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- съзнателност, съзнаниеBulgarian
- uvědomění, vědomíCzech
- taju, tietoisuus, tajuntaFinnish
- tudat, tudatosság, eszméletHungarian
- conoscenza, coscienzaItalian
- 人心地, 意識Japanese
- 자각, 의식Korean
- świadomość, przytomnośćPolish
- bilinç, şuurTurkish
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