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Dictionary Definition

unconscious adj
1 not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead; "lay unconscious on the floor" [ant: conscious]
2 without conscious volition
3 (followed by `of') not knowing or perceiving; "happily unconscious of the new calamity at home"- Charles Dickens [syn: unconscious(p)] n : that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware [syn: unconscious mind]

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  1. not conscious
  2. engaged in skilled performance without conscious control.
    • 1998, Charles Rosen, The Cockroach Basketball League, page 144
      Sam is unconscious, filling it, drilling it from every conceivable angle. Lem is awful and Cooper seems confused. Josh shoots too often.
    • 1999, Joseph Leininger, Terry Whalin, Lessons from the Pit: A Successful Veteran of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, page 10
      "I was unconscious," the basketball player gushes. "It seemed like everything I threw up toward the basket went straight in."
    • 2002, Alexander Wolff, Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure, page 292
      Someone who has reeled off a string of baskets will say, "I was unconscious," as if he were following the Zen injunction to be mindful while suspending thought.


not conscious

Extensive Definition

Unconscious can mean:
Can also refer to the Spanish film

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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