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consciousness Syllabification: con·scious·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈkän(t)SHəsnəs/

Definition of consciousness in English:


1The state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings: she failed to regain consciousness and died two days later
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  • He was taken to hospital by ambulance but never regained consciousness and died a week later.
  • Adverse events include a risk of respiratory arrest, hypotension, and impaired consciousness.
  • He began moaning and groaning once he started to regain consciousness and become aware of the pain in his head.
1.1The awareness or perception of something by a person: her acute consciousness of Mike’s presence
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  • In this election campaign, we aim to raise the political consciousness of masses of people.
  • It was the Populists who made a start in developing the political consciousness of ordinary people.
  • The political consciousness is not as clear and coherent as it was in the great days of radical Hollywood.
1.2The fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world: consciousness emerges from the operations of the brain
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  • My consciousness and my sense of self do seem vital to me being who I am.
  • What we are supposing to be absent in the zombie's mind is just phenomenal consciousness.
  • If we are going to use the characteristics of our consciousness as an argument against free will, then what does that say?

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