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ˈkɒn ʃəscon·scious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conscious, wittingadjective

    intentionally conceived

    "a conscious effort to speak more slowly"; "a conscious policy"

  2. consciousadjective

    knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts

    "remained conscious during the operation"; "conscious of his faults"; "became conscious that he was being followed"

  3. conscious(p)adjective

    (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something

    "few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance"; "conscious of having succeeded"; "the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load"- Thomas Hardy


  1. consciousadjective

    alert, awake.

    The noise woke me, but it was another few minutes before I was fully conscious.

  2. consciousadjective


    I was conscious of a noise behind me.

  3. consciousadjective

    aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness

    Only highly intelligent beings can be fully conscious.

  4. Etymology: From conscius, itself from con- (a form of com- + scire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Consciousadjective

    Etymology: conscius, Latin.

    Matter hath no life nor perception, and is not conscious of its own existence. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Among substances some are thinking or conscious beings, or have a power of thought. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    The damsel then to Tancred sent,
    Who conscious of th’ occasion, fear’d th’ event. Dryden.

    The rest stood trembling, struck with awe divine,
    Æneas only conscious to the sign,
    Presag’d th’ event. John Dryden, Æn.

    Roses or honey cannot be thought to smell or taste their own sweetness, or an organ be conscious to its musick, or gunpowder to its flashing or noise. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    The queen had been solicitous with the king on his behalf, being conscious to herself that he had been encouraged by her. Edward Hyde, b. viii.


  1. conscious

    Consciousness, at its simplest, is sentience and awareness of internal and external existence. However, the lack of definitions has led to millennia of analyses, explanations and debates by philosophers, theologians, linguists, and scientists. Opinions differ about what exactly needs to be studied or even considered consciousness. In some explanations, it is synonymous with the mind, and at other times, an aspect of mind. In the past, it was one's "inner life", the world of introspection, of private thought, imagination and volition. Today, it often includes any kind of cognition, experience, feeling or perception. It may be awareness, awareness of awareness, or self-awareness either continuously changing or not. The disparate range of research, notions and speculations raises a curiosity about whether the right questions are being asked.Examples of the range of descriptions, definitions or explanations are: simple wakefulness, one's sense of selfhood or soul explored by "looking within"; being a metaphorical "stream" of contents, or being a mental state, mental event or mental process of the brain.


  1. conscious

    Conscious refers to the state of being aware and able to perceive, understand, and express one's surroundings, sensations, thoughts, and feelings. It also involves the capacity for introspection, knowledge of one's own existence, and self-awareness. In psychology and neuroscience, it generally relates to the state of wakefulness and cognitive functioning, as opposed to being in a state of sleep or unconsciousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consciousadjective

    possessing the faculty of knowing one's own thoughts or mental operations

  2. Consciousadjective

    possessing knowledge, whether by internal, conscious experience or by external observation; cognizant; aware; sensible

  3. Consciousadjective

    made the object of consciousness; known to one's self; as, conscious guilt

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conscious

    kon′shus, adj. having the feeling or internal knowledge of something: aware: having the faculty of consciousness.—adv. Con′sciously.—n. Con′sciousness, the waking state of the mind: the knowledge which the mind has of its own acts and feelings: thought. [L. consciusconscīre, to know.]

Editors Contribution

  1. conscious

    Be able, alive, aware, know, perceive, recognize, understand and able to respond.

    They are conscious of their existence and the beauty of it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

  2. consciousnoun

    To be aware of something or someone in study attentively or learning by heart what or who is the one that actively triggers the volcanic temper to express sense within a group of people. 1.) aware of and responding to one's surroundings; awake. Having knowledge of something; aware.

    My conscious keeps me inlined and out of trouble.

    Etymology: Calculated facts

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 26, 2024  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conscious' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3320

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conscious' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2634

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conscious' in Adjectives Frequency: #435

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conscious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conscious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of conscious in a Sentence

  1. Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

    To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.

  2. Yuval Harari:

    The idea that humans will always have a unique ability beyond the reach of non-conscious algorithms is just wishful thinking. It is based on the traditional assumption that intelligence and consciousness are inextricably linked to one another. For millions of years of evolution, this may have been true. But no longer.

  3. John Lennon:

    The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it's too hard.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    We are looking intensely at ways to put more liquidity into the Afghan economy, to get more money into people's pockets, and doing that with international institutions, with other countries and partners, trying to put in place the right mechanisms to do that in a way that doesn't directly benefit the Taliban but does go directly to the people, we're very conscious of the fact that there is an incredibly difficult humanitarian situation right now, one that could get worse as winter sets in.

  5. Howard Raber:

    Youre making a conscious decision not to have a baby anymore, thats what makes it hard.

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