conscious

Conscious is an adjective that simply means alert and awake. If you fall from a tree and smack your head on the side of the wheelbarrow, there's a good chance you won't be conscious afterward.

Conscious is a Latin word whose original meaning was “knowing" or "aware.” So a conscious person has an awareness of her environment and her own existence and thoughts. If you're "self-conscious," you're overly aware and even embarrassed by how you think you look or act. But that sounds better than being unconscious, or totally unaware and out of it.

Primary Meanings of conscious

1.
adj
knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
2.
adj
intentionally conceived
Full Definitions of conscious
1

adj knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts

“remained conscious during the operation”
conscious of his faults”
“became conscious that he was being followed”
Synonyms:
awake
not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
aware, cognisant, cognizant
(sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
self-aware, self-conscious
aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts
semiconscious
partially conscious; not completely aware of sensations
sentient
consciously perceiving
sensible, sensitive
able to feel or perceive
voluntary
of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled
Antonyms:
unconscious
not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
asleep
in a state of sleep
incognizant, unaware
(often followed by `of') not aware
cold
unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
comatose
in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli
innocent
(used of things) lacking sense or awareness
insensible, senseless
unresponsive to stimulation
KO'd, kayoed, knocked out, out, stunned
knocked unconscious by a heavy blow
nonconscious
concerning mental functioning that is not represented in consciousness
semicomatose
in a state of partial coma
subconscious
just below the level of consciousness
insensible
incapable of physical sensation
involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary
not subject to the control of the will
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adj (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something

“few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance”
conscious of having succeeded”
“"the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load"- Thomas Hardy”
Synonyms:
aware, cognisant, cognizant
(sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
2

adj intentionally conceived

“a conscious effort to speak more slowly”
“a conscious policy”
Synonyms:
witting
intended
resulting from one's intentions

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