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adjective     unconscious pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    in a condition similar to sleep in which you do not see, feel, or think, usually because you are injured

    She was unconscious but still breathing when the ambulance arrived.

    knock/beat someone unconscious:

    He was attacked by two men and knocked unconscious.

  2. 2
    an unconscious feeling or thought is one that you do not realize that you have

    an unconscious fear of change

    the child’s unconscious desire to learn

    1. a.
      used about things you do without realizing you are doing them or without intending to do them

      She has the unconscious habit of biting her fingernails.

      an unconscious gesture of self-protection

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noun [uncountable]


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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