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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by or having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. synonym: aware.
  • adjective Mentally perceptive or alert; awake.
  • adjective Capable of thought, will, or perception.
  • adjective Subjectively known or felt.
  • adjective Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate.
  • adjective Inwardly attentive or sensitive to something.
  • adjective Showing awareness of or preoccupation with something. Often used in combination.
  • noun In psychoanalysis, the component of waking awareness perceptible by a person at any given instant; consciousness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Possessing the faculty of knowing one's own thoughts or mental operations.
  • adjective Possessing knowledge, whether by internal, conscious experience or by external observation; cognizant; aware; sensible.
  • adjective Made the object of consciousness; known to one's self.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective alert, awake.
  • adjective aware.
  • adjective aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness

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

  • adjective knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
  • adjective intentionally conceived
  • adjective (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something


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

[From Latin cōnscius : com-, com- + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin conscius, itself from con- (a form of com- ("together") + scire ("to know").


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  • Under this view we are all what he terms conscious automata, or machines which happen, as it were by chance, to be conscious of some of their own movements.

    Mind and Motion and Monism George John Romanes 1871

  • Under this view we are all what he terms conscious automata, or machines which happen, as it were by chance, to be conscious of some of their own movements.

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  • But the difference is also rooted in conscious policy decisions.

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  • The property of being about or directed toward a subject, as inherent in conscious states, beliefs, or creations of the mind, such as sentences or books.

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  • I hate it when people use this word when they mean conscience.

    March 8, 2012