- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌʌnˈkɒnʃəs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌʌnˈkɑnʃəs/
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- Hyphenation: un‧con‧scious
- Not awake; having no awareness.
- (psychology) Without directed thought or awareness.
- Synonym: (dated) subconscious
- My sudden fright was an unconscious response.
- 1884, Margaret Oliphant, The Wizard's Son:
- It was intolerable, he felt, to sit and eat in presence of that silent figure partly turned away from him, jotting down the different amounts on a bit of paper, and absorbed in that occupation as if unconscious of his presence.
- (sports) engaged in skilled performance without conscious control.
- 1998, Charles Rosen, The Cockroach Basketball League, page 144:
- Sam is unconscious, filling it, drilling it from every conceivable angle. Lem is awful and Cooper seems confused. Josh shoots too often.
- 1999, Joseph Leininger, Terry Whalin, Lessons from the Pit: A Successful Veteran of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, page 10:
- "I was unconscious," the basketball player gushes. "It seemed like everything I threw up toward the basket went straight in."
- 2002, Alexander Wolff, Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure, page 292:
- Someone who has reeled off a string of baskets will say, "I was unconscious," as if he were following the Zen injunction to be mindful while suspending thought.
without directed thought or awareness
unconscious (plural unconsciouses)
- (psychology) That part of mind that is not consciously perceived.
- 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 135:
- Because the unconscious is outside time, it can perceive transformations beyond the limits of the ego.
that part of mind that is not consciously perceived
- "unconscious" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 320.