Definition of unconscious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʌnˈkɒnʃəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈkɑːnʃəs//
    Operations, Injuries, Being ill
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  1. 1  in a state like sleep because of an injury or illness, and not able to use your senses She was knocked unconscious. They found him lying unconscious on the floor. See related entries: Operations, Injuries, Being ill
  2. 2  (of feelings, thoughts, etc.) existing or happening without you realizing or being aware; not deliberate or controlled unconscious desires The brochure is full of unconscious humour. compare subconscious
  3. 3  unconscious of somebody/something not aware of somebody/something; not noticing something; not conscious synonym oblivious She is unconscious of the effect she has on people. He was quite unconscious of the danger.
  4. opposite conscious
    Extra examples He was knocked unconscious by the impact. Her eyes closed as she went unconscious. Parents are often quite unconscious of the ways in which they influence their children. She fell unconscious after breathing in the gas. The attack left her unconscious. The paramedics found me unconscious on the floor. These impulses are often totally unconscious. They found her lying unconscious on the floor. Human beings are driven by many unconscious impulses. Prejudice very often operates at an unconscious level. She believes there is unconscious discrimination against women in science. She researches into the depths of the unconscious mind. The court heard that he had an unconscious desire to attract attention from the authorities. Your choice of ideal partner can either be conscious or unconscious.
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