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Definition of "conscious" []

  • Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. See Synonyms at aware. (adjective)
  • Mentally perceptive or alert; awake: The patient remained fully conscious after the local anesthetic was administered. (adjective)
  • Capable of thought, will, or perception: the development of conscious life on the planet. (adjective)
  • Subjectively known or felt: conscious remorse. (adjective)
  • Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate: a conscious insult; made a conscious effort to speak more clearly. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conscious" in a sentence
  • "When we choose to do our duty, we make a conscious choice, and although earlier right action has set up certain nerve co-ordinations which render it now easy to choose the right, yet it must be remembered that _conscious judgment_ is also involved."
  • "However, whether or not this applies to man in the first stages of his upward climb to the goal of attainment of conscious godhood, it most assuredly applies to those souls who have become aware of their purpose, and who have made a _conscious_ choice of their karma."
  • "Here are the top 20 stories of the year that inspire good sex, which we define as conscious and conscientious sexual impulses resulting in consensual activity that positively impacts our communities, our relationships, and ourselves."