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UNCONSCIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unconscious mean? 

UNCONSCIOUS (noun)
  The noun UNCONSCIOUS has 1 sense:

1. that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware

  Familiarity information: UNCONSCIOUS used as a noun is very rare.


UNCONSCIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective UNCONSCIOUS has 3 senses:

1. not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
2. without conscious volition
3. (followed by 'of') not knowing or perceiving

  Familiarity information: UNCONSCIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNCONSCIOUS (noun)


Sense 1unconscious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

That part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

unconscious; unconscious mind

Hypernyms ("unconscious" is a kind of...):

brain; head; mind; nous; psyche (that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason)

Meronyms (parts of "unconscious"):

superego ((psychoanalysis) that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience)

id ((psychoanalysis) primitive instincts and energies underlying all psychic activity)


UNCONSCIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1unconscious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead

Context example:

lay unconscious on the floor

Similar:

subconscious (just below the level of consciousness)

semicomatose (in a state of partial coma)

nonconscious (concerning mental functioning that is not represented in consciousness)

kayoed; knocked out; KO'd; out; stunned (knocked unconscious by a heavy blow)

insensible; senseless (unresponsive to stimulation)

innocent ((used of things) lacking sense or awareness)

comatose (in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli)

cold (unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication)

Also:

incognizant; unaware ((often followed by 'of') not aware)

asleep (in a state of sleep)

insensible (incapable of physical sensation)

involuntary; nonvoluntary; unvoluntary (not subject to the control of the will)

Antonym:

conscious (knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts)


Sense 2unconscious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without conscious volition

Similar:

involuntary; nonvoluntary; unvoluntary (not subject to the control of the will)


Sense 3unconscious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(followed by 'of') not knowing or perceiving

Context example:

happily unconscious of the new calamity at home

Similar:

incognizant; unaware ((often followed by 'of') not aware)


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