Conscious Con"scious, a. [L. conscius; con- + scire to know. See {Conscience}.] 1. Possessing the faculty of knowing one's own thoughts or mental operations. [1913 Webster]

Some are thinking or conscious beings, or have a power of thought. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. Possessing knowledge, whether by internal, conscious experience or by external observation; cognizant; aware; sensible. [1913 Webster]

Her conscious heart imputed suspicion where none could have been felt. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

The man who breathes most healthilly is least conscious of his own breathing. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

3. Made the object of consciousness; known to one's self; as, conscious guilt. [1913 Webster]

With conscious terrors vex me round. --Milton.

Syn: Aware; apprised; sensible; felt; known. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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