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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.

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  

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. Cynthia Ellis-Topsy:

    I said to William that when [his brother] Prince Harry came to Belize he was dancing and didn't need encouragement, he is a wild card. William laughed and said, 'Harry's not self-conscious.’.

  2. Carol Leonnig:

    Even as a cabinet member, you don’t talk to someone writing a book – you don’t talk to journalists about books or any of that. That is political, but in the military? They’re so conscious about not politicizing what they do. The idea that he would sit down and do these tell-all books just boggles the mind. I know my husband: He can’t take a picture in uniform – you have to be careful about when journalists you talk to, what you say. I can’t imagine that General Milley didn’t know that. I have to think he has a lot of regrets right now.

  3. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    We are always conscious of the impact that a presidential visit could have on law enforcement or emergency response resources.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Hope is a conscious mission. Dream is an unconscious vision.

  5. Kimberly Elsbach:

    I do think a lot of it is unconscious, if you ask people,' Would you rate them lower because you don't see them ?' They don't realize they're not doing this as a conscious and deliberate thing.

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    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
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