- The definition of conscious is the awareness that something is happening or is the normal state of being awake.
- An example of conscious is waking up in the morning.
- An example of conscious is someone coming to after passing out.
- having a feeling or knowledge (of one's own sensations, feelings, etc. or of external things); knowing or feeling (that something is or was happening or existing); aware; cognizant
- able to feel and think; in the normal waking state
- aware of oneself as a thinking being; knowing what one is doing and why
- accompanied by an awareness of what one is thinking, feeling, and doing; intentional: conscious humor
- known to or felt by oneself: conscious guilt
Origin of consciousClassical Latin conscius, knowing, aware ; from conscire: see conscience
Psychol. that part of one's mental activity of which one is fully aware at any given time
see also unconscious, preconscious
aware of and attaching importance to: status-conscious
- a. Characterized by or having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. See Synonyms at aware.b. Mentally perceptive or alert; awake: The patient remained fully conscious after the local anesthetic was administered.
- Capable of thought, will, or perception: the development of conscious life on the planet.
- Subjectively known or felt: conscious remorse.
- Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate: a conscious insult; made a conscious effort to speak more clearly.
- Inwardly attentive or sensitive to something: As he spoke, he became increasingly conscious of his high-pitched voice.
- Showing awareness of or preoccupation with something. Often used in combination: a cost-conscious approach to health care; a value-conscious shopper.
In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant; consciousness.
Origin of consciousFrom Latin cōnscius : com-, com- + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more conscious, superlative most conscious)