• (RP) IPA: /ˌʌnˈkɒnʃəs/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌʌnˈkɑnʃəs/


  1. Not awake; having no awareness.
    After the anesthetist administered the general anesthetic the patient was unconscious.
  2. Without directed thought or awareness.
    My sudden fright was an unconscious response.
    • 1884, Margaret Oliphant, The Wizard's Son
      It was intolerable, he felt, to sit and eat in presence of that silent figure partly turned away from him, jotting down the different amounts on a bit of paper, and absorbed in that occupation as if unconscious of his presence.
  3. (sports) engaged in skilled performance without conscious control.
    • 1999, Joseph Leininger, Terry Whalin, Lessons from the Pit: A Successful Veteran of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, page 10
      "I was unconscious," the basketball player gushes. "It seemed like everything I threw up toward the basket went straight in."
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

unconscious (plural unconsciouses)

  1. (psychology) Unconscious mind

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