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Noun: consciousness  kón-shus-nus
  1. An alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation
    "he lost consciousness"
     
  2. Having knowledge of
    "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced";
    - awareness, cognizance, cognisance [Brit], knowingness

See also: aware, cognisant [Brit], cognizant, incognisant [Brit], incognizant, unaware

Type of: cognitive state, knowing, state of mind

Antonym: unconsciousness

Encyclopedia: Consciousness