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consciousness (countable and uncountable, plural consciousnesses)

  1. The state of being conscious or aware; awareness.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.
    • 2013 August 3, “The machine of a new soul”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Yet this is the level of organisation that does the actual thinking—and is, presumably, the seat of consciousness.

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