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unconscious

[uhn-kon-shuh s] /ʌnˈkɒn ʃəs/
adjective
1.
not conscious; without awareness, sensation, or cognition.
2.
temporarily devoid of consciousness.
3.
not perceived at the level of awareness; occurring below the level of conscious thought:
an unconscious impulse.
4.
not consciously realized, planned, or done; without conscious volition or intent:
an unconscious social slight.
5.
not endowed with mental faculties:
the unconscious stones.
noun
6.
the unconscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind containing psychic material that is only rarely accessible to awareness but that has a pronounced influence on behavior.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; 1915-20 for def 6; un-1 + conscious
Related forms
unconsciously, adverb
unconsciousness, noun
quasi-unconscious, adjective
quasi-unconsciously, adverb
self-unconscious, adjective
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  • Before he could get out of the way he was hurled from the track and was picked up in an un conscious condition.
  • She was un conscious, but her heavy breathing told that she was still alive.
  • He was un conscious when picked up but was soon revived.
  • The two latter were un conscious when help reached them.
  • He was knocked down and rendered un conscious and severely bruised about the neck and body.
British Dictionary definitions for un conscious

unconscious

/ʌnˈkɒnʃəs/
adjective
1.
lacking normal sensory awareness of the environment; insensible
2.
not aware of one's actions, behaviour, etc: unconscious of his bad manners
3.
characterized by lack of awareness or intention: an unconscious blunder
4.
coming from or produced by the unconscious: unconscious resentment
noun
5.
(psychoanal) the part of the mind containing instincts, impulses, images, and ideas that are not available for direct examination See also collective unconscious Compare subconscious, preconscious
Derived Forms
unconsciously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un conscious

unconscious

adj.

1712, "unaware, not marked by conscious thought," from un- (1) "not" + conscious. Meaning "temporarily insensible, knocked out" is recorded from 1860. In psychology, the noun the unconscious (1884) is a loan-translation of German das Unbewusste. The adjective in this sense is recorded from 1912.

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un conscious in Medicine

unconscious un·con·scious (ŭn-kŏn'shəs)
adj.

  1. Of or in a state of unconsciousness; not conscious.

  2. Occurring in the absence of conscious awareness or thought, as an emotion or motive.

  3. Without conscious control; involuntary or unintended.

n.
In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the mind containing elements of psychic makeup, such as memories or repressed desires, that are not subject to conscious perception or control but that often affect conscious thoughts and behavior.
un·con'scious·ly adv.
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un conscious in Culture

unconscious definition


The part of the psyche lying far below consciousness and not easily raised into consciousness. In Freudian psychology, the unconscious cannot be directly observed with the conscious mind, but it has its own processes and deeply affects conscious thought.

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