Definition of conscious in English:

conscious

adjective

  • 1Aware of and responding to one's surroundings.

    ‘although I was in pain, I was conscious’
    • ‘Generally, the patients were conscious when admitted on to the neurosurgical wards.’
    • ‘You can also choose to stay conscious during the operation, or be mildly sedated so that you aren't fully aware of what is happening.’
    • ‘Every conscious minute of my entire life the heterosexual mantra is broadcasted.’
    • ‘She's barely conscious, but she does react when you talk to her.’
    • ‘If the patient is conscious and alert, call the local poison control center.’
    • ‘The Glasgow coma scale is a clinical scoring system for objectively assessing how conscious a patient is.’
    • ‘The four adult members of the family were conscious but had muscle stiffness with periodic convulsive movements of the limbs and opisthotonos.’
    • ‘Patients who are conscious but in a vegetative state may also have their life support stopped.’
    • ‘For cooperative, conscious patients it may be possible to collect and then analyze expired air.’
    • ‘The person may remain completely or partially aware, and will remain conscious.’
    • ‘Its critics claim that some downed animals are passed by inspectors because they are just conscious enough to respond to a kick.’
    • ‘Neurological examination 48 hours later showed that he was conscious and able to obey commands but profoundly weak.’
    • ‘The first man has spat out his endotracheal tube and is conscious, asking what the score is.’
    • ‘So why then are the surgeons so reluctant to operate on conscious patients?’
    • ‘During 2002, fully conscious patients with a polio-like flaccid paralysis were also recognised.’
    • ‘If the casualty is conscious, put them in the recovery position - see below.’
    • ‘The patient is conscious at this point and is repeatedly examined by the surgeon or neurologist.’
    • ‘Most had died along the way, but one young lad, his arm and leg completely shattered by shrapnel, was conscious and groaning.’
    • ‘Patients with a normal conscious level, no signs of external injury, and a history of a trivial blow to the head can be discharged.’
    • ‘He was admitted to the ICU conscious and alert, but with a very low blood pressure, and very marginal oxygenation.’
    aware, awake, wide awake, compos mentis, alert, responsive, reactive, feeling, sentient
    aware of, alive to, awake to, alert to, sensitive to, cognizant of, mindful of, sensible of
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  • 2Having knowledge of something.

    ‘we are conscious of the extent of the problem’
    • ‘It was the comics that made me conscious of a life outside the little parochial society of Ireland.’
    • ‘The pupils were aware of the obesity problem and conscious of the need to eat healthy foods.’
    • ‘The majority of us can be misunderstood if we are not conscious of the divisions in our society.’
    • ‘Both rider and vet would have been conscious of the risks they were taking so close to a games that was marked by a hunt for drug cheats.’
    • ‘We are conscious of what we do to the extent that we are conscious also of what we do not do - of what we might have done.’
    • ‘When I had my first two, I was younger and less conscious of what was required of me as a parent.’
    • ‘I am conscious of the need for caution but have not allowed for the determination of Peru's ladrones.’
    • ‘He has also called on motorists to be more conscious of pedestrians and cyclists.’
    • ‘Many of our younger folk may not even know the prayer but at least they are conscious of what it means.’
    • ‘People are very conscious of the need to make roads as safe as possible.’
    • ‘I was conscious of being lucky to live in an old house, looking out over the broad river.’
    • ‘Home, she says, is definitely London, but she is conscious of her Scottish roots.’
    • ‘We have never been so aware of the issue of waste, or so conscious of the need to recycle.’
    • ‘I am also conscious of the important contribution they make to our economy.’
    1. 2.1in combination Concerned with or worried about a particular matter.
      ‘they were growing increasingly security-conscious’
  • 3(of an action or feeling) deliberate and intentional.

    ‘a conscious effort to walk properly’
    • ‘Cricket is a game that I have a lot of time for, ever since I made the conscious effort a few years ago to sit down and make myself familiar with the rules.’
    • ‘They are created by conscious and deliberate planning, which may span centuries.’
    • ‘We made a really conscious effort to forget about the critics - nothing good can come from thinking about that, anyway.’
    • ‘As more immigrants came to the country, there was a conscious effort to mold children into American citizens.’
    • ‘The effort was conscious and deliberate with each artist paired with a designer.’
    • ‘The actions of cultural heroes are neither fully intentional nor conscious.’
    • ‘Has choosing such roles been a conscious effort on her part?’
    • ‘That just happened, it wasn't a conscious effort really, but I think just by the nature of having more characters in it.’
    • ‘These students are now more aware of what they eat and are making conscious decisions to eat well and get active.’
    • ‘This calls for conscious and deliberate efforts to develop qualities like altruism and selflessness.’
    • ‘Just imagine what the world would be like if every one of us made a conscious effort to genuinely love one another?’
    • ‘Sharing involves both teaching and learning - actions that require a conscious effort.’
    • ‘So, I'm making a conscious effort to not feel guilty unnecessarily.’
    • ‘Certain others benefited from deliberate and conscious acts of emancipation.’
    deliberate, intentional, intended, done on purpose, purposeful, purposive, willed, knowing, considered, studied, strategic
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    1. 3.1 (of the mind or a thought) directly perceptible to and under the control of the person concerned.
      ‘when you go to sleep it is only the conscious mind which shuts down’
      • ‘She had let her subconscious wander while her conscious mind paid attention to the landscape around her.’
      • ‘In this state, the subconscious mind becomes more active, allowing the conscious mind to rest and rejuvenate itself.’
      • ‘It is entirely possible that someone has a reasonable opinion, deriving from conscious thought.’
      • ‘However, I believe nightmares are a gift of our subconscious to our conscious minds.’
      • ‘Any conscious thought process that may be required on the range to shoot well will hardly exist when your meter is pegged.’
      • ‘The conscious mind then reverses the reverse message and directs us to speak in forward speech.’
      • ‘It is here that the conscious thought and the perceptive experience flow.’
      • ‘Dreams are highly personal communications between the subconscious and the conscious minds.’
      • ‘Then, before he knew exactly what he was doing, he was moving, almost without conscious thought.’
      • ‘All conscious thought seemed to shut off, disconnect, leaving him only to instincts.’
      • ‘In this totality the conscious mind is contained like a smaller circle within a larger one.’
      • ‘The war is between my habitual and conscious thoughts about how to live and a new perspective struggling to be born.’
      • ‘As in life, the provocations to feeling or to action do not occur in step with the conscious thoughts of the characters.’
      • ‘In what respects are both conscious thought and perception phenomenal?’
      • ‘Then my subconscious mind taught my conscious mind how to use the tricks it had learnt.’
      • ‘The phenomenal character of conscious thought and propositional attitudes will be discussed in the next chapter.’
      • ‘Specialized neural machinery takes care of the heavy lifting while our conscious minds sit lazily at the controls.’
      • ‘Even conventional psychology talks about the fact we have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind.’
      • ‘And hypnosis works was bypassing the conscious mind and communicating directly with the unconscious mind.’
      • ‘Eventually, the activities should become so ingrained they no longer seem like conscious thought.’

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘being aware of wrongdoing’): from Latin conscius ‘knowing with others or in oneself’ (from conscire ‘be privy to’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

conscious

/ˈkɒnʃəs/