the state of being conscious; awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of people: the moral consciousness of a nation.
full activity of the mind and senses, as in waking life: to regain consciousness after fainting.
awareness of something for what it is; internal knowledge: consciousness of wrongdoing.
concern, interest, or acute awareness: class consciousness.
the mental activity of which a person is aware as contrasted with unconscious mental processes.
Philosophy. the mind or the mental faculties as characterized by thought, feelings, and volition.
raise one's consciousness, to increase one's awareness and understanding of one's own needs, behavior, attitudes, etc., especially as a member of a particular social or political group.

1625–35; conscious + -ness

underconsciousness, noun Unabridged
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conscious (ˈkɒnʃəs)
1.  a.  alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose
 b.  aware of one's surroundings, one's own thoughts and motivations, etc
2.  a.  aware of and giving value or emphasis to a particular fact or phenomenon: I am conscious of your great kindness to me
 b.  (in combination): clothes-conscious
3.  done with full awareness; deliberate: a conscious effort; conscious rudeness
4.  a.  denoting or relating to a part of the human mind that is aware of a person's self, environment, and mental activity and that to a certain extent determines his choices of action
 b.  (as noun): the conscious is only a small part of the mind
[C17: from Latin conscius sharing knowledge, from com- with + scīre to know]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, "internal knowledge," from conscious -ness. Meaning "state of being aware" is from 1746.
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consciousness con·scious·ness (kŏn'shəs-nĭs)

  1. The state or condition of being conscious.

  2. A sense of one's personal or collective identity, especially the complex of attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or a group.

  3. In psychoanalysis, the conscious.

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Example sentences
Hopefully, his inspiration will live in the consciousness of those who see only
Eating was a response to being in the cafeteria, and my primary consciousness
  was busy with socialization and academic learning.
The corner-of-your-eye stuff that may somehow work its way into a writer's
Artificial intelligence will render biological humans obsolete, he says, but
  will not make human consciousness irrelevant.
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