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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 from the web for unconsciousness
  • Episodes can last from a few seconds to a few minutes, and may cause unconsciousness.
  • Nutmeg stared transfixed at the submarine, until she slipped into unconsciousness.
  • Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end.
  • They set about their work in a spirit of sublime unconsciousness.
  • Nothing else than the buoyant, normal exercise of physical faculties, in easy unconsciousness of their mode of acting.
  • Philosophers have often pointed out that uninterrupted contentment would speedily land us in unconsciousness.
  • The frequency of brain waves spikes briefly as the patient is lulled into unconsciousness, and then it slows.
  • The salient fact is that some molecule or some part of the brain underlies various aspects of consciousness or unconsciousness.
  • It was a new way of thinking that would influence future activities-pushing the body to the edge of unconsciousness.
  • Mercifully, hydrophobia usually gives way to deeper unconsciousness within three or four days.
British Dictionary definitions for unconsciousness

unconsciousness

/ʌnˈkɒnʃəsnɪs/
noun
1.
the state of being without normal sensory awareness; insensibility

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 unconsciousness

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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unconsciousness 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.

unconsciousness un·con·scious·ness (ŭn-kŏn'shəs-nĭs)
n.
A state of impaired consciousness in which one shows no responsiveness to environmental stimuli but may respond to deep pain with involuntary movements.

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unconsciousness 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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