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con·scious / ˈkänchəs/ • adj. aware of and responding to one's surroundings; awake. ∎  having knowledge of something; aware: we are conscious of the extent of the problem. ∎  (conscious of) painfully aware of; sensitive to: he was very conscious of his appearance. ∎  concerned with or worried about a particular matter: they were growing increasingly security-conscious. ∎  (of an action or feeling) deliberate and intentional. ∎  (of the mind or a thought) directly perceptible to and under the control of the person concerned.DERIVATIVES: con·scious·ly adv.