noun \ ˈkän(t)-shəs-nəs \
Definition of consciousness
a : the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself b : the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact c : awareness; especially : concern for some social or political cause The organization aims to raise the political consciousness of teenagers.
: the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought : mind
: the totality of conscious states of an individual
: the normal state of conscious life regained consciousness
- : the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes