consciousness
noun Date: 1629 1. a. the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself b. the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact c. awareness; especially concern for some social or political cause 2. the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought ; mind 3. the totality of conscious states of an individual 4. the normal state of conscious life <
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5. the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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