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  • Def: Consciousness 1. the state of being conscious; awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc; 2. the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of people; 3. full activity of the mind and senses; 4. awareness of something for what it is; internal knowledge; 5. concern, interest, or acute awareness;

  • Origin: 1625–35; conscious + -ness;

  • Synonyms: alertness, apprehension, awareness, care, carefulness, cognizance, concern, heed, heedfulness, mindfulness, realization, recognition, regard, sensibility. Unabridged