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Con"scious (?), a. [L. conscius; con- + scire to know. See Conscience.]


Possessing the faculty of knowing one's own thoughts or mental operations.

Some are thinking or conscious beings, or have a power of thought. I. Watts.


Possessing knowledge, whether by internal, conscious experience or by external observation; cognizant; aware; sensible.

Her conscious heart imputed suspicion where none could have been felt. Hawthorne.

The man who breathes most healthilly is least conscious of his own breathing. De Quincey.


Made the object of consciousness; known to one's self; as, conscious guilt.

With conscious terrors vex me round. Milton.

Syn. -- Aware; apprised; sensible; felt; known.


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