conscious


conscious
1. Aware; having present knowledge or perception of oneself, one's acts and surroundings. 2. Denoting something occurring with the perceptive attention of the individual, as a c. act or idea, distinguished from automatic or instinctive. [L. conscius, knowing]

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con·scious 'kän-chəs adj
1) capable of or marked by thought, will, design, or perception: relating to, being, or being part of consciousness <the \conscious mind> <\conscious and unconscious processes>
2) having mental faculties undulled by sleep, faintness, or stupor <became \conscious after the anesthesia wore off>
con·scious·ly -lē adv
conscious n CONSCIOUSNESS (3)

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con·scious (konґshəs) [L. conscius aware] 1. having awareness of one's self, acts, and surroundings. 2. a state of awareness or alertness characterized by response to external stimuli. 3. the part of the mind that is constantly within awareness, one of the systems of Freud's topographic model of the mind. Cf. preconscious and unconscious.

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  • -conscious — UK [ˈkɒnʃəs] US [ˈkɑnʃəs] suffix used with some nouns and adverbs to make adjectives describing a person or organization that gives a lot of attention to a particular subject or thing Our aim is to operate in an environmentally conscious manner.… …   Useful english dictionary

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