Definition of conscious in English:



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

    ‘although I was in pain, I was conscious’
    • ‘The first man has spat out his endotracheal tube and is conscious, asking what the score is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Glasgow coma scale is a clinical scoring system for objectively assessing how conscious a patient is.’
    • ‘Every conscious minute of my entire life the heterosexual mantra is broadcasted.’
    • ‘Patients with a normal conscious level, no signs of external injury, and a history of a trivial blow to the head can be discharged.’
    • ‘If the patient is conscious and alert, call the local poison control center.’
    • ‘Generally, the patients were conscious when admitted on to the neurosurgical wards.’
    • ‘During 2002, fully conscious patients with a polio-like flaccid paralysis were also recognised.’
    • ‘The four adult members of the family were conscious but had muscle stiffness with periodic convulsive movements of the limbs and opisthotonos.’
    • ‘The person may remain completely or partially aware, and will remain conscious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was admitted to the ICU conscious and alert, but with a very low blood pressure, and very marginal oxygenation.’
    • ‘So why then are the surgeons so reluctant to operate on conscious patients?’
    • ‘Neurological examination 48 hours later showed that he was conscious and able to obey commands but profoundly weak.’
    • ‘Most had died along the way, but one young lad, his arm and leg completely shattered by shrapnel, was conscious and groaning.’
    • ‘The patient is conscious at this point and is repeatedly examined by the surgeon or neurologist.’
    • ‘If the casualty is conscious, put them in the recovery position - see below.’
    • ‘She's barely conscious, but she does react when you talk to her.’
    • ‘Its critics claim that some downed animals are passed by inspectors because they are just conscious enough to respond to a kick.’
    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’
    • ‘People are very conscious of the need to make roads as safe as possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am conscious of the need for caution but have not allowed for the determination of Peru's ladrones.’
    • ‘It was the comics that made me conscious of a life outside the little parochial society of Ireland.’
    • ‘When I had my first two, I was younger and less conscious of what was required of me as a parent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am also conscious of the important contribution they make to our economy.’
    • ‘He has also called on motorists to be more conscious of pedestrians and cyclists.’
    • ‘I was conscious of being lucky to live in an old house, looking out over the broad river.’
    • ‘We have never been so aware of the issue of waste, or so conscious of the need to recycle.’
    • ‘The majority of us can be misunderstood if we are not conscious of the divisions in our society.’
    • ‘Home, she says, is definitely London, but she is conscious of her Scottish roots.’
    • ‘Many of our younger folk may not even know the prayer but at least they are conscious of what it means.’
    • ‘The pupils were aware of the obesity problem and conscious of the need to eat healthy foods.’
    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’
    • ‘We made a really conscious effort to forget about the critics - nothing good can come from thinking about that, anyway.’
    • ‘Sharing involves both teaching and learning - actions that require a conscious effort.’
    • ‘These students are now more aware of what they eat and are making conscious decisions to eat well and get active.’
    • ‘Certain others benefited from deliberate and conscious acts of emancipation.’
    • ‘As more immigrants came to the country, there was a conscious effort to mold children into American citizens.’
    • ‘So, I'm making a conscious effort to not feel guilty unnecessarily.’
    • ‘They are created by conscious and deliberate planning, which may span centuries.’
    • ‘That just happened, it wasn't a conscious effort really, but I think just by the nature of having more characters in it.’
    • ‘The actions of cultural heroes are neither fully intentional nor conscious.’
    • ‘Has choosing such roles been a conscious effort on her part?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The effort was conscious and deliberate with each artist paired with a designer.’
    • ‘Just imagine what the world would be like if every one of us made a conscious effort to genuinely love one another?’
    • ‘This calls for conscious and deliberate efforts to develop qualities like altruism and selflessness.’
    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’
      • ‘However, I believe nightmares are a gift of our subconscious to our conscious minds.’
      • ‘As in life, the provocations to feeling or to action do not occur in step with the conscious thoughts of the characters.’
      • ‘Any conscious thought process that may be required on the range to shoot well will hardly exist when your meter is pegged.’
      • ‘It is here that the conscious thought and the perceptive experience flow.’
      • ‘Eventually, the activities should become so ingrained they no longer seem like conscious thought.’
      • ‘All conscious thought seemed to shut off, disconnect, leaving him only to instincts.’
      • ‘Specialized neural machinery takes care of the heavy lifting while our conscious minds sit lazily at the controls.’
      • ‘In this state, the subconscious mind becomes more active, allowing the conscious mind to rest and rejuvenate itself.’
      • ‘The phenomenal character of conscious thought and propositional attitudes will be discussed in the next chapter.’
      • ‘The war is between my habitual and conscious thoughts about how to live and a new perspective struggling to be born.’
      • ‘In this totality the conscious mind is contained like a smaller circle within a larger one.’
      • ‘It is entirely possible that someone has a reasonable opinion, deriving from conscious thought.’
      • ‘Dreams are highly personal communications between the subconscious and the conscious minds.’
      • ‘Then my subconscious mind taught my conscious mind how to use the tricks it had learnt.’
      • ‘And hypnosis works was bypassing the conscious mind and communicating directly with the unconscious mind.’
      • ‘The conscious mind then reverses the reverse message and directs us to speak in forward speech.’
      • ‘In what respects are both conscious thought and perception phenomenal?’
      • ‘Then, before he knew exactly what he was doing, he was moving, almost without conscious thought.’
      • ‘She had let her subconscious wander while her conscious mind paid attention to the landscape around her.’
      • ‘Even conventional psychology talks about the fact we have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind.’


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.