What does consciousness mean?

Definitions for consciousnessˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consciousness(noun)

    an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation

    "he lost consciousness"

  2. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. consciousness(Noun)

    The state of being conscious or aware; awareness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consciousness(noun)

    the state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc

  2. Consciousness(noun)

    immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention

  3. Consciousness(noun)

    feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence

Freebase

  1. Consciousness

    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

  1. consciousness

    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

  1. Consciousness

    Sense of awareness of self and of the environment.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consciousness' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3633

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consciousness' in Nouns Frequency: #1524

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consciousness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consciousness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. L. S. Barksdale:

    It happens to each according to his consciousness," is the Law of Consciousness.

  2. Commissioner Bill Bratton:

    For the last seven days, the city's and the country's consciousness has focused on an act of disrespect.

  3. Orla Doyle:

    Parents with higher incomes typically have more desirable (traits) such as higher IQ, motivation, persistence, and consciousness.

  4. Phiroz Mehta:

    The evolution of consciousness culminates in an all-inclusive consciousness that functions in the context of the infinite and the eternal.

  5. Karl Marx:

    It is not the consciousness of men that determines their beeing, but on the contrary, it is their social being that determines their consciousness.

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