Definition of unconscious in US English:



  • 1Not conscious.

    ‘the boy was beaten unconscious’
    • ‘It was his evidence that this causes pain and elicits a response from an apparently unconscious person.’
    • ‘The wound rendered Mark Irwin unconscious within seconds and caused his death within a couple of minutes.’
    • ‘I got the courage to run out and kneel beside Becca's unconscious body.’
    • ‘What you get are the snapping dogs, and bodies unconscious after a police examination or laid out for an autopsy.’
    • ‘She tried to struggle but she was becoming unconscious and her body was now weakened.’
    • ‘Before Marie could answer, the doors opened, and Rob's unconscious body was shoved into the room.’
    • ‘He took the unconscious woman's body and set her down in a chair in one of the bedrooms.’
    • ‘He slumped, the gun falling to the pavement and his body following in an unconscious heap.’
    • ‘His bodyguards knocked me unconscious, punching and kicking all over my body.’
    • ‘A sustained attack with kicks to the head and upper body as he lay unconscious was said to have lasted more than two minutes.’
    • ‘They carried two poles which they began lashing onto the reed mat beneath David's unconscious body.’
    • ‘A few minutes later she sat beside his unconscious body on the couch, just looking at him.’
    • ‘Mrs Blow said Mitchell told her he was unconscious for half an hour and awoke to his friend's screams.’
    • ‘At one end of it was a pile of unconscious bodies piled atop each other, and right in front of them, swords held out to the sides, was Valshar.’
    • ‘My body took most of the impact and I knocked myself unconscious.’
    • ‘There was no way that he and Poe could face what came next while trying to manage and unconscious body as well.’
    • ‘They were in even worse condition than Ian, and remained unconscious for at least fifteen minutes.’
    • ‘Is the unconscious or lifeless body being delivered away from some unpleasant fate?’
    • ‘Carl gently laid the unconscious body on one side of the door so that it would be hidden from anyone outside the room.’
    • ‘The smoke filled the room, and in a few minutes his labored body fell unconscious.’
    knocked out, insensible, senseless, insentient, insensate, passed out, comatose, in a coma, inert
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    1. 1.1 Done or existing without one realizing.
      ‘he would wipe back his hair in an unconscious gesture of annoyance’
      • ‘I hope that it is an automatic, unconscious response, and I think we should do more to find out whether it is or not.’
      • ‘The cues may be unconscious nonverbal cues, such as muscular tension or gestures.’
      • ‘It should serve as an example of the necessity for judges to be aware of the possibility of unconscious prejudice.’
      • ‘It is both intentional and conscious and unintentional and unconscious.’
      • ‘It had just come out unbidden, as if some deep, unconscious part of her were speaking for her.’
      • ‘The timing of the skill and the skill itself must be primarily unconscious responses.’
      • ‘The court system still seems to have an automatic and perhaps unconscious reflex to tell people the minimum necessary.’
      • ‘The sea stands for the unconscious mind and deeper levels of being, the book unveils the hidden nature of men and women.’
      • ‘Now, when we see the logo, a whole host of unconscious responses are triggered.’
      • ‘These messages often sink deep into our unconscious mind, waiting to pop up when we become wives or husbands ourselves.’
      • ‘It is a totally instinctual, unconscious act driven by instinct and primal power, lust, need.’
      • ‘For if it is survival that you are after, unconscious mechanisms are the better bet.’
      • ‘In my view they are what can properly be meant, by the way, by evocative talk of the subconscious or the unconscious mind.’
      • ‘Val went on to name the other men and Scott's hand went to his right temple in an unconscious gesture.’
      • ‘Indeed, much sensory processing, essential for the regulation of the body, is entirely unconscious.’
      • ‘To what degree is our behaviour instinctive, unconscious, and therefore robotic?’
      • ‘Fish may be images of deeply unconscious processes - something nourishing arising from deep within.’
      • ‘This is achieved by making some processes relatively automatic and unconscious.’
      • ‘Zander dismissed the statement with a wave of his hand, an almost unconscious gesture.’
      • ‘For Freud, every dream was caused by unconscious wishes that were released in sleep.’
      unintentional, unintended, accidental, unthinking, unwitting, inadvertent, unpremeditated, unplanned
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    2. 1.2unconscious ofpredicative Unaware of.
      ‘“What is it?” he said again, unconscious of the repetition’
      • ‘If the speech he is making is one that he is accustomed to make over and over again, he may be almost unconscious of what he is saying, as one is when one utters the responses in church.’
      • ‘He is almost unconscious of this recurring litany because he not only believes it - he feels it.’
      • ‘It's as if Sinn Fein was unconscious of the message the killing sent to its own constituents.’
      • ‘The best work is when you're not thinking of yourself, you're unconscious of what other people think because you actually do your job, you're more focused and very committed to it.’
      • ‘Governor Darling regarded Wentworth as ‘a vulgar ill-bred fellow, utterly unconscious of the common civilities, due from one Gentleman to another’.’
      • ‘Being unconscious of the custom's existence, her actions could be considered karmically neutral, as she lacked the intention to offend.’
      • ‘Though unconscious of them, such memories are claimed to be significant causal factors in shaping conscious thought and behavior.’
      • ‘I was in Mexico a few weeks ago, blithely unconscious of the Zapatistas.’
      • ‘She was so young as to not understand the ink her name was written in, and unconscious of it, and all that was to befall her.’
      • ‘For that matter, who is unaware of the structural changes that have transformed socialism, has ever been unconscious of the racial or sexual divisions within the working class?’
      • ‘But as a child, she was unconscious of not being able to hear, or that it should make a difference to what she does and started giving public performances from the age of 10 years.’
      • ‘But Jim, he wasn't unconscious of this, it's actually a quality about himself that he parodies constantly.’
      • ‘Sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste, and motion continually participate, though we may often be unconscious of them, in the ways we literally make sense of the world, and art.’
      • ‘The scary thing is that these guys remain so largely, maybe even wilfully, unconscious of their power and privilege, and have so much influence - for now.’
      • ‘Perhaps at the absolute extreme some see dogs as an affront to God because they live in the moment, unconscious of tomorrow let alone eternity, and have no desire to govern their appetites.’
      • ‘It is the Canadian federal government's aim - though they may be unconscious of it - to hasten the day when no tree is left to cut, and all jobs, and the communities they sustain, collapse.’
      • ‘What's worse about the contemplative life, he told me afterwards, is that ‘most of the time you're unconscious of it.’’
      • ‘Remember what Nabokov said about his nymphets, that in the midst of others ‘she stands unrecognized by them and unconscious of her fantastic power.’’
      • ‘The children seem to be happy at the centre, blissfully unconscious of their condition.’
      • ‘Lamely suave, spouting banalities about pop music and unconscious of his savage condescension toward women, he's a rancid summation of the Playboy ethic.’
      heedless, unheeding, unmindful, disregardful, disregarding, taking no notice
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the unconscious
  • The part of the mind which is inaccessible to the conscious mind but which affects behavior and emotions.

    • ‘Lacan's own riddling manner mimics the utterances of the unconscious.’
    • ‘We cannot grasp the unconscious; rather the archetypes carry us off in their embrace.’
    • ‘He is the purest surrealist painter, thinking from first principles about what an art of the unconscious might be.’
    • ‘As Sigmund Freud reminds us, the lapsus linguae is, like the dream, a royal road to the unconscious.’
    • ‘It was as though I was buoyed up and supported by the unconscious.’
    • ‘No-one sees new species evolving out of old, or the workings of the unconscious.’
    • ‘I had stumbled upon the historical counterpart of my psychology of the unconscious.’
    • ‘Maybe it's a story or metaphor from our own life or that of our own parents that somehow penetrates the unconscious.’
    • ‘There, it has left behind the intricacies of conscious experience for the enigmas of the unconscious.’
    • ‘Freud used dreams to plumb the depths of the unconscious for hidden meanings and emotions.’
    • ‘The terror of, and yet longing for return to, this figure accounts for the repression of this figure into the unconscious.’
    • ‘It is she who provokes the rupture between Freud and Jung which enabled the latter to venture deeper into the unconscious.’
    • ‘Are there specific things which you watch out for that are signs of the unconscious?’
    • ‘The snake is one of the oldest symbols of power and of the wisdom of the unconscious.’
    • ‘All knowledge we can experience is already different from the logic of the unconscious.’
    • ‘Cognitive scientist Guy Claxton has unearthed the unconscious throughout history.’
    • ‘I believe that writer and analyst are seeking forms or elements in common which come from the unconscious.’
    • ‘It is thus crucial to interrogate the nuances behind the unconscious and conscious usage of words.’
    • ‘Its images and affects seem to lock in directly to the unconscious.’
    • ‘This forms a template deep in our unconscious that affects our choice in a mate.’
    subconscious mind, subconscious, unconscious mind, psyche, ego, superego, id, inner self, innermost self, self, inner man, inner woman
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