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1. Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled: a conscientious decision to speak out about injustice.
2. Thorough and assiduous: a conscientious worker; a conscientious effort to comply with the regulations. See Synonyms at diligent.

[Obsolete French conscientieux, from Medieval Latin cōnscientiōsus, from Latin cōnscientia, conscience; see conscience.]

con′sci·en′tious·ly adv.
con′sci·en′tious·ness n.


1. involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent
2. governed by or done according to conscience
ˌconsciˈentiously adv
ˌconsciˈentiousness n


(ˌkɒn ʃiˈɛn ʃəs, ˌkɒn si-)

1. meticulous; careful; painstaking.
2. governed by or done according to conscience; scrupulous: a conscientious judge.
[1605–15; < Medieval Latin]
con`sci•en′tious•ly, adv.
con`sci•en′tious•ness, n.
syn: See painstaking.


1. 'conscious'

Conscious is an adjective. If you are conscious of something, you are aware of it.

She became conscious of Rudolph looking at her.
I was conscious that he had changed his tactics.

If you are conscious, you are awake, rather than asleep or unconscious.

The patient was fully conscious during the operation.
2. 'consciousness'

Consciousness is a noun. You can refer to your mind and thoughts as your consciousness.

Doubts were starting to enter into my consciousness.

If you lose consciousness, you become unconscious. If you regain consciousness or recover consciousness, you become conscious again after being unconscious. These are fairly formal expressions.

He fell down and lost consciousness.
He began to regain consciousness just as Kate was leaving.
She died in hospital without recovering consciousness.

In more informal English you can say that you pass out instead of 'lose consciousness', and come round instead of 'regain/recover consciousness'.

He felt sick and dizzy, then passed out.
When I came round, I was on the kitchen floor.
3. 'conscience'

Conscience is a noun. Your conscience is the part of your mind that tells you whether what you are doing is right or wrong.

My conscience told me to vote against the others.
Their consciences were troubled by stories of famine and war.
4. 'conscientious'

Conscientious is an adjective. Someone who is conscientious is very careful to do their work properly.

We are generally very conscientious about our work.
She seemed a conscientious, serious young woman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.conscientious - characterized by extreme care and great effort; "conscientious application to the work at hand"; "painstaking research"; "scrupulous attention to details"
careful - exercising caution or showing care or attention; "they were careful when crossing the busy street"; "be careful to keep her shoes clean"; "did very careful research"; "careful art restorers"; "careful of the rights of others"; "careful about one's behavior"
2.conscientious - guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong; "a conscientious decision to speak out about injustice"
unconscientious - not conscientious;


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A. ADJconcienzudo
B. CPD conscientious objector Nobjetor(a) m/f de conciencia


[ˌkɒnʃiˈɛnʃəs] adj
(= hard-working) → consciencieux/euse
[scruple, objection] → de conscience


(= diligent)gewissenhaft; (= conscious of one’s duty)pflichtbewusst
(Mil) he refused to go as a conscientious objectioner weigerte sich aus Gewissensgründen hinzugehen ? conscientious objector


[ˌkɒnʃɪˈɛnʃəs] adjcoscienzioso/a


(konʃiˈenʃəs) adjective
careful and hard-working. a conscientious pupil.
ˌconsciˈentiously adverb
ˌconsciˈentiousness noun
ˌconscientious obˈjector noun
a person who refuses to serve in the armed forces for moral or religious reasons.


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She is conscientious, and I have no fear of her treating him unkindly.
In consequence of this bad fashion, a man, who is too conscientious to misspend his days among the women, in learning the names of black marks, may never hear of the deeds of his fathers, nor feel a pride in striving to outdo them.
Such being the case, and he, the old bachelor, in possession of the ill-gotten spoil,--with the black stain of blood sunken deep into it, and still to be scented by conscientious nostrils, --the question occurred, whether it were not imperative upon him, even at this late hour, to make restitution to Maule's posterity.
Truth to say, he was a conscientious man, and ever bore in mind the golden maxim, "Spare the rod and spoil the child.
But she was the best and most conscientious of stepmothers, and back I had to go to my room.
Moreover, as if perceiving at last that if he should give undiluted conscientious advice to Pip, he would be leaving him too wide a margin to jump in for the future; Stubb suddenly dropped all advice, and concluded with a peremptory command, Stick to the boat, Pip, or by the Lord, I wont pick you up if you jump; mind that.
Our folks," at first, thought it an odd and unnecessary addition to their well-trained domestic establishment; but, so thoroughly efficient was Miss Ophelia in her conscientious endeavor to do her duty by her eleve, that the child rapidly grew in grace and in favor with the family and neighborhood.
It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation on conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience.
They always put in the long absence snooping around, in the most conscientious way, though none of them had any idea where the Holy Grail really was, and I don't think any of them actually expected to find it, or would have known what to do with it if he HAD run across it.
Well, it is as far as I can go myself, and be fair and conscientious.
The Germans are very conscientious, and this trait makes them very particular.
She was just, conscientious, economical, industrious; a regular attendant at church and Sunday-school, and a member of the State Missionary and Bible societies, but in the presence of all these chilly virtues you longed for one warm little fault, or lacking that, one likable failing, something to make you sure she was thoroughly alive.