Definition of conscious in English:


Syllabification: con·scious
Pronunciation: /ˈkänCHəs


  • 1Aware of and responding to one’s surroundings; awake.
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    • He was admitted to the ICU conscious and alert, but with a very low blood pressure, and very marginal oxygenation.
    • The first man has spat out his endotracheal tube and is conscious, asking what the score is.
    • Its critics claim that some downed animals are passed by inspectors because they are just conscious enough to respond to a kick.
    aware, awake, alert, responsive, sentient, compos mentis
  • 1.1Having knowledge of something; aware: we are conscious of the extent of the problem
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    • We are conscious of what we do to the extent that we are conscious also of what we do not do - of what we might have done.
    • The pupils were aware of the obesity problem and conscious of the need to eat healthy foods.
    • We have never been so aware of the issue of waste, or so conscious of the need to recycle.
    aware, mindful, sensible
    formal cognizant
    rare regardful
  • 1.2 (conscious of) Painfully aware of; sensitive to: he was very conscious of his appearance
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    • First, being conscious of a pain might mean that one is aware of being in a pain-state.
    • I'm conscious of turning crimson all of a sudden and grinning like an idiot.
    • From about six onwards young girls are becoming conscious of their looks.
  • 1.3Concerned with or worried about a particular matter: they were growing increasingly security-conscious
  • 1.4(Of an action or feeling) deliberate and intentional: a conscious effort to walk properly
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    • The effort was conscious and deliberate with each artist paired with a designer.
    • This calls for conscious and deliberate efforts to develop qualities like altruism and selflessness.
    • Just imagine what the world would be like if every one of us made a conscious effort to genuinely love one another?
  • 1.5(Of the mind or a thought) directly perceptible to and under the control of the person concerned.
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    • And hypnosis works was bypassing the conscious mind and communicating directly with the unconscious mind.
    • The war is between my habitual and conscious thoughts about how to live and a new perspective struggling to be born.
    • In this totality the conscious mind is contained like a smaller circle within a larger one.



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  • Their purpose, whether consciously or not, is to reinforce and legitimate the status quo.
  • So even if you're doing it consciously or unconsciously, there's no escape.
  • I have consciously tried to present to my audience a different picture from what they are used to.


late 16th century (in the sense 'being aware of wrongdoing'): from Latin conscius 'knowing with others or in oneself' (from conscire 'be privy to') + -ous.

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