Definitions for consciousnessˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•scious•nessˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs(n.)

  1. the state of being conscious; awareness.

  2. the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of people.

  3. full activity of the mind and senses, as in waking life:

    to regain consciousness.

  4. awareness of something for what it is; internal knowledge:

    consciousness of wrongdoing.

  5. concern, interest, or awareness:

    class consciousness.

  6. the mental activity of which a person is aware, contrasted with unconscious thought.

    Category: Psychology

  7. Philos. the mind or the mental faculties, characterized by thought, feelings, and volition.

    Category: Philosphy

Idioms for consciousness:

  1. raise one's consciousness,to make or become aware of one's own or another's needs, attitudes, etc., esp. stemming from political or social repression.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of consciousness:


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. consciousness(noun)ˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs

    ≠ unconsciousness

    I lost consciousness after the accident.; to regain consciousness in the hospital

  2. consciousnessˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs

    public awareness of an issue

    to try to raise consciousness about environmental dangers

  3. consciousnessˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs

    the mind and the way it works

    human consciousness


  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


  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

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The patient soon regained consciousness.

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