• WordNet 3.6
    • adj conscious (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something "few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance","conscious of having succeeded","the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load"- Thomas Hardy"
    • adj conscious knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts "remained conscious during the operation","conscious of his faults","became conscious that he was being followed"
    • adj conscious intentionally conceived "a conscious effort to speak more slowly","a conscious policy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated
    • Conscious Made the object of consciousness; known to one's self; as, conscious guilt. "With conscious terrors vex me round."
    • Conscious Possessing knowledge, whether by internal, conscious experience or by external observation; cognizant; aware; sensible. "Her conscious heart imputed suspicion where none could have been felt.""The man who breathes most healthilly is least conscious of his own breathing."
    • Conscious Possessing the faculty of knowing one's own thoughts or mental operations. "Some are thinking or conscious beings, or have a power of thought."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.
    • conscious 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.
    • conscious 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.
    • 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.
    • conscious Present to consciousness; known or perceived as existing in one's self; felt: as, conscious guilt.
    • conscious Aware of an object; perceiving. Aware of an internal object; aware of a thought, feeling, or volition.
    • conscious 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.
    • conscious Aware of some element of character as belonging to one's self.
    • conscious 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Conscious kon′shus having the feeling or internal knowledge of something: aware: having the faculty of consciousness
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  • Vernon Howard
    “We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception.”
  • Joseph Brodsky
    “The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.”
  • Miguel De Unamuno
    “The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conscius,; con-, + scire, to know. See Conscience
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consciusconscīre, to know.


In literature:

In removing consciousness, we have removed the possibility of worth.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
We have now postulated a self-conscious, Individual Intelligence, as the real man.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
Some indefinable thing about the action made her conscious that there was a change in his feelings.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
That consciousness of need which compels creation is the origin of art.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
He was scarcely conscious of taking the leap.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
External sensation, the feeling, say of extension and resistance, gives world-consciousness.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
It was the conscious lack that made them both cross.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
But that conscious breeding was practised in prehistoric times is out of the question.
"Progress and History" by Various
And was she not herself conscious to some extent of this?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The collective consciousness is the highest form of the psychic life, since it is the consciousness of the consciousnesses.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park

In poetry:

A consciousness disjunct,
Being but this overblotted
Of intermittences;
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
Why should he have wings?
Is he to be a bird also?
Or a spirit?
Or a winged thought?
Or a soaring consciousness?
"St. Mark" by D H Lawrence
For, conscious of the danger, he,
Most providently kind,
From unseen ill to set him free,
Such rescue had designed.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
In that rich crimson some small tinge
Of conscious pride might be.
I but a new perfection found,
Your lovely modesty.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
O, sacred spot whereon I rest!
The heather, with its bloom,
Seems conscious that its purple crest
Is on a martyr's tomb.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
What is the real significance
Of thine unchanging smile?
Hast thou the secret consciousness
That grief is not worth while?
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

The past 25 years have brought a consciousness of health and fitness to the culinary scene.
In these eco-conscious '90s, old newspapers and empty Jolt cans aren't the only things being recycled.
If you want to find out if you're a humanoid, a good place to start is the Access Consciousness Web site.
The path to total consciousness requires an open mind and a valid credit card.
Cost-Conscious Terrorist, Jewel's New Bagging Policy, More Cops on the Streets, $9 Million, Knut Is Dead, and More.
Dreams and the Internet, according to the psychotherapist superheroine of Satoshi Kon 's loopy Paprika, are "areas where the repressed conscious mind vents".
I try not to be too "self-referential" or self-consciously "literary".
That flavor infusion comes from lemongrass , an unsung hero of the Southeast Asian kitchen that's slowly making its way into our culinary consciousness.
Then, as with the rest of the national consciousness, I completely forgot about it.
Officials from the Applegate Fire Department say the man is conscious and breathing.
Hen movies try to grapple with the lives of famous writers, they tend to be terribly starchy and self-consciously reverential.
Solemn, unsubtle, and terminally self-conscious, Mooz- lum is maxed out on a number of fronts, beginning with the emotional investment of its director, Qasim Basir.
Consciously or not, we live by the reliable rhythms of the sun.
Tom Strini visits La Lune Collection Furniture in Riverwest to learn about their hand crafted, environmentally conscious furniture.
Suppose the US government and the American public were as progressive and conscious of its country's true self-interest as, for example, many European countries.

In science:

S. H. and S. R. H. would like to thank Gerard Milburn for helpful discussions. J. A. T. wishes to express his gratitude for research support from the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Penrose, in Toward a Science of Consciousness - The First Tucson Discussions and Debates, edited by S. R.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Many physicist have regarded this renunciation of our effort to describe nature herself as premature, and John von Neumann reformulated quantum theory as a theory of an evolving objective universe interacting with human consciousness.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Hence it had no way to account either for the existence of our conscious experiences or for how knowledge can reside in those experiences.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
One of these, materialismbehaviourism, effectively denied the existence of our conscious “inner lives”, and the other, logical positivism and variants thereof (eg.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature