- 1Not awake and aware of and responding to one’s environment: [as complement]: the boy was beaten unconsciousMore example sentences
knocked out, insensible, senseless, insentient, insensate, passed out, comatose, in a coma, inert; stunned, dazed, stupefied, torpid, befuddled, benumbed, numb; collapsed, keeled over, motionless, immobile, prostrate• informal out cold, out for the count, blacked out, KO'd, kayoed, out like a light, laid out, flaked out, out, dead to the worldBritish • informal spark out• rare soporose, soporous
- There was no way that he and Poe could face what came next while trying to manage and unconscious body as well.
- A few minutes later she sat beside his unconscious body on the couch, just looking at him.
- They carried two poles which they began lashing onto the reed mat beneath David's unconscious body.
- 2Done or existing without one realizing: he would wipe back his hair in an unconscious gesture of annoyanceMore example sentences
unintentional, unintended, accidental, unthinking, unwitting, inadvertent, unpremeditated, unplanned; uncalculating, chance; natural, innate, inherent, unlearned, instinctive, automatic, mechanical, reflex, involuntary, knee-jerk, uncontrolled, spontaneous, subliminal, subconscious, latent, suppressed, sleeping, deep
- The court system still seems to have an automatic and perhaps unconscious reflex to tell people the minimum necessary.
- Zander dismissed the statement with a wave of his hand, an almost unconscious gesture.
- Val went on to name the other men and Scott's hand went to his right temple in an unconscious gesture.
- 2.1 (unconscious of) Unaware of: ‘What is it?’ he said again, unconscious of the repetitionMore example sentences
heedless, unheeding, unmindful, disregardful, disregarding, taking no notice; oblivious to, insensible to, blind to, deaf to, impervious to, unaffected by, unconcerned by, indifferent to, detached from, removed from; unaware, ignorant, in ignorance, unknowing, unsuspecting, unenlightened• informal in the dark
- It is the Canadian federal government's aim - though they may be unconscious of it - to hasten the day when no tree is left to cut, and all jobs, and the communities they sustain, collapse.
- I was in Mexico a few weeks ago, blithely unconscious of the Zapatistas.
- Though unconscious of them, such memories are claimed to be significant causal factors in shaping conscious thought and behavior.
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- The part of the mind which is inaccessible to the conscious mind but which affects behaviour and emotions: horrific apparitions surfaced out of the recesses of his unconsciousMore example sentences
- Cognitive scientist Guy Claxton has unearthed the unconscious throughout history.
- I had stumbled upon the historical counterpart of my psychology of the unconscious.
- I believe that writer and analyst are seeking forms or elements in common which come from the unconscious.
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- Becca pouted at him, unconsciously and most likely unintentionally jabbing an elbow in his gut.
- Whether consciously or unconsciously, in incident after incident they have been giving themselves away.
- It is simply a question of a country, perhaps unconsciously, following the wrong policies.