I. adjective Date: 1712 1. a. not knowing or perceiving ; not aware b. free from self-awareness 2. a. not possessing mind or consciousness <
unconscious matter
b. (1) not marked by conscious thought, sensation, or feeling <
unconscious motivation
(2) of or relating to the unconscious c. having lost consciousness <
was unconscious for three days
3. not consciously held or deliberately planned or carried out <
an unconscious bias
unconsciously adverbunconsciousness noun II. noun Date: circa 1912 the part of mental life that does not ordinarily enter the individual's awareness yet may influence behavior and perception or be revealed (as in slips of the tongue or in dreams)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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