from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. See Synonyms at aware.
- adj. Mentally perceptive or alert; awake: The patient remained fully conscious after the local anesthetic was administered.
- adj. Capable of thought, will, or perception: the development of conscious life on the planet.
- adj. Subjectively known or felt: conscious remorse.
- adj. Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate: a conscious insult; made a conscious effort to speak more clearly.
- adj. Inwardly attentive or sensible; mindful: was increasingly conscious of being watched.
- adj. Especially aware of or preoccupied with. Often used in combination: a cost-conscious approach to further development; a health-conscious diet.
- n. In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant; consciousness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. alert, awake.
- adj. aware.
- adj. aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessing the faculty of knowing one's own thoughts or mental operations.
- adj. Possessing knowledge, whether by internal, conscious experience or by external observation; cognizant; aware; sensible.
- adj. Made the object of consciousness; known to one's self.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the state of a waking as distinguished from that of a sleeping person or an inanimate thing; in the act of feeling, or endowed with feeling, in the broadest sense of the word.
- Attributing, or capable of attributing, one's sensations, cognitions, etc., to one's self; aware of the unity of self in knowledge; aware of one's self; self-conscious.
- Having one's feelings directed toward one's self; embarrassed by one's feelings about one's own person, and by the sense of being observed and criticized by others.
- Present to consciousness; known or perceived as existing in one's self; felt: as, conscious guilt.
- Aware of an object; perceiving.
- Aware of an external object: a less correct use of the term: followed in either use by of or that, formerly by to or to one's self that.
- Aware of some element of character as belonging to one's self.
- Synonyms To be Sensible or Conscious, etc. (see feel). Aware, Conscious. Aware refers commonly to objects of perception outside of ourselves; conscious, to objects of perception within us: as, to become aware of the presence of a stranger; to be quite aware of the danger of one's situation; to become conscious of a pain in one's eye. Aware indicates perception without feeling; conscious, generally recognition with some degree of feeling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
- adj. intentionally conceived
- adj. (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something
From Latin cōnscius : com-, com- + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin conscius, itself from con- (a form of com- ("together") + scire ("to know"). (Wiktionary)