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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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Examples for unconsciously
  • Print your resume on heavy paper, according to a new study that shows touch unconsciously influences our behaviors.
  • And she got all this business by choice, maybe unconsciously, and then by habit.
  • Whether it's consciously or unconsciously, higher-education systems often work to keep contingent faculty members quiet.
  • The work flowed from the tools almost unconsciously.
  • Tapping such folk memories, consciously or unconsciously, strengthens support for the war.
  • Here, unconsciously, the device of the antimasque is anticipated.
  • They unconsciously had imbibed the feeling that manual labour was not the proper thing for them.
  • It's likely that hiring committees would subtly-even unconsciously-screen out any such people they encountered.
  • So the networks decided, consciously or unconsciously, to limit the autonomy of the network news show.
  • For animals, and to some degree ourselves, this gauging happens unconsciously.
British Dictionary definitions for unconsciously

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 unconsciously
unconscious
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 Ger. das Unbewusste. The adj. in this sense is recorded from 1912.
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unconsciously 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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unconsciously 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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