One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the patient was barely conscious’
aware, awake, wide awake, compos mentis, alert, responsive, reactive, feeling, sentient
2‘he became conscious of people talking in the hall’
aware of, alive to, awake to, alert to, sensitive to, cognizant of, mindful of, sensible of
informal wise to, in the know about, hip to
archaic ware of
rare seized of, recognizant of, regardful of
3‘he made a conscious effort to stop staring’
deliberate, intentional, intended, done on purpose, purposeful, purposive, willed, knowing, considered, studied, strategic
calculated, wilful, premeditated, planned, pre-planned, preconceived, volitional
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