- The definition of conscience is a personal awareness of right and wrong that you use to guide your actions to do right.
An example of conscience is the personal ethics that keep you from cheating on an exam.
conscience definition by Webster's New World
- a knowledge or sense of right and wrong, with an urge to do right; moral judgment that opposes the violation of a previously recognized ethical principle and that leads to feelings of guilt if one violates such a principle
- inner thoughts or feelings
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin conscientia, consciousness, moral sense ; from present participle of conscire ; from com-, with plush scire, to know (see science): replacing Middle English inwit, knowledge within
- conscienceless adjective
conscience definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong: Let your conscience be your guide.b. A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement: a document that serves as the nation's conscience.c. Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct: a person of unflagging conscience.
- The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.
- Obsolete Consciousness.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōnscientia, from cōnsciēns, cōnscient-, present participle of cōnscīre, to be conscious of : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
- conˈscience·less adjective
conscience - Medical Definition
- The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong.
- The part of the superego that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.
conscience - Phrases/Idioms
in (all) conscience
on one's conscience
in (all good) conscience