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Definition of "unconscious" []

  • Lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception; not conscious. (adjective)
  • Temporarily lacking consciousness. (adjective)
  • Occurring in the absence of conscious awareness or thought: unconscious resentment; unconscious fears. (adjective)
  • Without conscious control; involuntary or unintended: an unconscious mannerism. (adjective)
  • 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. (noun)

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 "unconscious" in a sentence
  • "Neurasthenia, stammering, aversions, kleptomania, certain cases of paralysis, are nothing but the result of unconscious autosuggestion, that is to say the result of the action of the _unconscious_ upon the physical and moral being."
  • "I believe that denial and the choice to remain unconscious is evil."
  • "And of course the unconscious is at work when that happens, and you have to allow it to open up, to be found."