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

  • adjective Lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception; not conscious.
  • adjective Temporarily lacking consciousness.
  • adjective Occurring in the absence of conscious awareness or thought.
  • adjective Without conscious control; involuntary or unintended.
  • noun The division of the mind in psychoanalytic theory containing elements of psychic makeup, such as memories or repressed desires, that are not subject to conscious perception or control but that often affect conscious thoughts and behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not conscious.
  • Not conscious to one's self; not self-conscious; not knowing; not perceiving; unaware; hence, regardless; heedless: as, unconscious of guilt or error.
  • Not known or perceived as existing in one's self; not felt: as, unconscious generosity.
  • Not possessing consciousness; non-conscious.

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

  • adjective Not conscious; having no consciousness or power of mental perception; without cerebral appreciation; hence, not knowing or regarding; ignorant.
  • adjective Not known or apprehended by consciousness; resulting from neural activity of which a person is not aware.
  • adjective Having no knowledge by experience; -- followed by of.
  • adjective Unintentional.
  • noun (Psychoanalysis) Usually the unconscious; that part of the mind in which mental processes occur that are not accesible to the awareness, but may significantly influence behavior.

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

  • adjective Not awake.
  • adjective Without directed thought or awareness.
  • adjective sports engaged in skilled performance without conscious control.
  • noun psychology The unconscious mind

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

  • adjective without conscious volition
  • adjective (followed by `of') not knowing or perceiving
  • adjective not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
  • noun that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware

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