[kon-shuh s] /ˈkɒn ʃəs/

aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
fully aware of or sensitive to something (often followed by of):
conscious of one’s own faults; He wasn’t conscious of the gossip about his past.
having the mental faculties fully active:
He was conscious during the operation.
known to oneself; felt:
conscious guilt.
aware of what one is doing:
a conscious liar.
aware of oneself; self-conscious.
deliberate; intentional:
a conscious insult; a conscious effort.
acutely aware of or concerned about:
money-conscious; a diet-conscious society.
Obsolete. inwardly sensible of wrongdoing.
the conscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.


done with full awareness; deliberate: a conscious effort, conscious rudeness


c.1600, “knowing, privy to,” from Latin conscius “knowing, aware,” from conscire (see conscience); probably a loan-translation of Greek syneidos. A word adopted from the Latin poets and much mocked at first. Sense of “active and awake” is from 1837.

conscious con·scious (kŏn’shəs)

In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant.con’scious·ly adv.

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