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Definition of conscious adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not before noun] aware of something; noticing something conscious of something She's very conscious of the problems involved. conscious of doing something He became acutely conscious of having failed his parents. conscious that… I was vaguely conscious that I was being watched. opposite unconscious see also self-conscious
  2. 2able to use your senses and mental powers to understand what is happening A patient who is not fully conscious should never be left alone. opposite unconscious
  3. 3(of actions, feelings, etc.) deliberate or controlled to make a conscious decision I made a conscious effort to get there on time. a conscious act of cruelty opposite unconscious compare subconscious
  4. 4being particularly interested in something environmentally conscious They have become increasingly health-conscious.
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adverb Consciously or unconsciously, you made a choice.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: conscious