• (GA) enPR: /kŏnʹshəs/ IPA: /ˈkɑn.ʃəs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒn.ʃəs/, /ˈkɒntʃəs/


  1. Alert, awake; with one's mental faculties active.
    The noise woke me, but it was another few minutes before I was fully conscious.
  2. Aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness.
    • 1999, Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, Hodder and Stoughton, pages 61–62:
      The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life's challenges when they come.  Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious.
    Only highly intelligent beings can be fully conscious.
  3. Aware of, sensitive to; observing and noticing, or being strongly interested in or concerned about.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      Once again the animals were conscious of a vague uneasiness.
    I was conscious of a noise behind me.   a very class-conscious analysis
  4. Deliberate, intentional, done with awareness of what one is doing.
    • 1907, Brigham Henry Roberts, Defense of the Faith and the Saints, volume 1, page 43:
      He candidly confesses that it is an effort to account for Joseph Smith upon some other hypothesis than that he was a conscious fraud, bent on deceiving mankind.
  5. Known or felt personally, internally by a person.
    conscious guilt
  6. Self-conscious.
    • 1616—1650, Richard Crashaw:
      The conscious water saw its God, and blushed.
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conscious (plural consciouses)

  1. The part of the mind that is aware of itself; the consciousness.

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