Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Aware of oneself, including one's traits, feelings, and behaviors.

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  • adj. Aware of oneself as an individual that exists in the real world

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts

Etymologies

self- +‎ aware (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Well, the term "self-aware" is very touchy and controversial, but that's the direction we are heading.

    Teaching Robots To Be Human

  • I’ve never met anyone I’d classify as self-aware: It’s been my experience that most extroverted people think they’re introverts, and many introverted people make a similarly wrongheaded juxtaposition about being extroverts.

    Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

  • Her writing is searingly honest, brutally revealing, and wickedly self-aware.

    Boing Boing

  • You know how the movie "The Secret" and these new-age spiritual blogs are always telling you to manifest by writing down an actual list of the qualities you're looking for in a mate: good looking, intelligent, successful in career, funny, warm-hearted, self-aware, an adventurer, etc.?

    MeiMei Fox: The Life Out Loud: Be Your Own Valentine

  • But be self-aware: if the alternative view never wins people will stop expressing it.

    Bernie Bulkin: About Leadership: Chairing

  • Charles Barkley returned to host Saturday Night Live for the third time this weekend, and he kicked things off with a self-aware opening monologue that featured more jokes about himself than anyone else.

    Charles Barkley 'SNL' Monologue (VIDEO)

  • The French philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault recalled that the ancient Greeks sought: "to make their lives an oeuvre that carries certain aesthetic values" He had no fears that a self-aware individual would withdraw from outward social responsibilities, but would "be able to conduct himself properly in relation to others and for others."

    Brian D. Cohen: Does Art Make You a Better Person?

  • The human pioneers who fled earth and established the colonies were non self-aware Cylons.

    A BSG Prediction

  • Playing the super-posh, pig-headed JP in Fresh Meat might shift perceptions, purely because it allows Whitehall to act as obnoxiously as possible; even his fiercest critics will have to concede that Whitehall is a little more self-aware than they thought.

    This week's new comedy

  • If this sounds like European avant-garde theatre at its most off-puttingly modish, the effect is in fact kookily funny and coolly self-aware.

    Thomas Ostermeier: 'Hamlet? The play's a mess'

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