- not conscious; without awareness, sensation, or cognition.
- temporarily devoid of consciousness.
- not perceived at the level of awareness; occurring below the level of conscious thought: an unconscious impulse.
- not consciously realized, planned, or done; without conscious volition or intent: an unconscious social slight.
- not endowed with mental faculties: the unconscious stones.
- the unconscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind containing psychic material that is only rarely accessible to awareness but that has a pronounced influence on behavior.
- lacking normal sensory awareness of the environment; insensible
- not aware of one’s actions, behaviour, etcunconscious of his bad manners
- characterized by lack of awareness or intentionan unconscious blunder
- coming from or produced by the unconsciousunconscious resentment
- psychoanal the part of the mind containing instincts, impulses, images, and ideas that are not available for direct examinationSee also collective unconscious Compare subconscious, preconscious
adj.1712, “unaware, not marked by conscious thought,” from un- (1) “not” + conscious. Meaning “temporarily insensible, knocked out” is recorded from 1860. In psychology, the noun the unconscious (1884) is a loan-translation of German das Unbewusste. The adjective in this sense is recorded from 1912. adj.
- Of or in a state of unconsciousness; not conscious.
- Occurring in the absence of conscious awareness or thought, as an emotion or motive.
- Without conscious control; involuntary or unintended.
- In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the mind containing elements of psychic makeup, such as memories or repressed desires, that are not subject to conscious perception or control but that often affect conscious thoughts and behavior.
The part of the psyche lying far below consciousness and not easily raised into consciousness. In Freudian psychology, the unconscious cannot be directly observed with the conscious mind, but it has its own processes and deeply affects conscious thought.