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CONSCIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conscious mean? 

CONSCIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective CONSCIOUS has 3 senses:

1. intentionally conceived
2. knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
3. (followed by 'of') showing realization or recognition of something

  Familiarity information: CONSCIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSCIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1conscious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intentionally conceived

Synonyms:

conscious; witting

Context examples:

a conscious effort to speak more slowly / a conscious policy

Similar:

intended (intentional or planned)


Sense 2conscious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts

Context examples:

remained conscious during the operation / conscious of his faults / became conscious that he was being followed

Similar:

sentient (consciously perceiving)

semiconscious (partially conscious; not completely aware of sensations)

self-aware; self-conscious (aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts)

alert; awake (not unconscious; especially having become conscious)

Also:

aware; cognisant; cognizant ((sometimes followed by 'of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception)

awake (not in a state of sleep; completely conscious)

sensible; sensitive (able to feel or perceive)

voluntary (of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled)

Antonym:

unconscious (not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead)


Sense 3conscious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(followed by 'of') showing realization or recognition of something

Context examples:

few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance / conscious of having succeeded / the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load

Similar:

aware; cognisant; cognizant ((sometimes followed by 'of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception)


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