—consciously, adv./kon"sheuhs/, adj.1. aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.2. fully aware of or sensitive to something (often fol. by of): conscious of one's own faults; He wasn't conscious of the gossip about his past.3. having the mental faculties fully active: He was conscious during the operation.4. known to oneself; felt: conscious guilt.5. aware of what one is doing: a conscious liar.6. aware of oneself; self-conscious.7. deliberate; intentional: a conscious insult; a conscious effort.8. acutely aware of or concerned about: money-conscious; a diet-conscious society.9. Obs. inwardly sensible of wrongdoing.n.10. the conscious, Psychoanal. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.[1625-35; < L conscius sharing knowledge with, equiv. to con- CON- + sci- (s. of scire to know; see SCIENCE) + -us -OUS; cf. NICE]Syn. 2. knowing, percipient. CONSCIOUS, AWARE, COGNIZANT refer to an individual sense of recognition of something within or without oneself. CONSCIOUS implies to be awake or awakened to an inner realization of a fact, a truth, a condition, etc.: to be conscious of an extreme weariness. AWARE lays the emphasis on sense perceptions insofar as they are the object of conscious recognition: He was aware of the odor of tobacco. COGNIZANT lays the emphasis on an outer recognition more on the level of reason and knowledge than on the sensory level alone: He was cognizant of their drawbacks.
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