Conscientious vs. Conscious

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Main Difference

The main difference between Conscientious and Conscious is that the Conscientious is a personality trait of being orderly and following the rules and Conscious is a quality or state of being aware of an external object.

  • Conscientious (adjective)

    Thorough, careful, or vigilant in one’s task performance.

    "He was a thoughtful and conscientious worker."

  • Conscientious (adjective)

    Influenced by conscience; governed by a strict regard to the dictates of conscience, or by the known or supposed rules of right and wrong; -- said of a person.

    "The advice of wise and conscientious men."

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Alert, faculties active.

    "The noise woke me, but it was another few minutes before I was fully conscious."

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness.

    "Only highly intelligent beings can be fully conscious."

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Aware of, sensitive to; observing and noticing, or being strongly interested in or concerned about.

    "I was conscious of a noise behind me."

    "a very class-conscious analysis"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Deliberate, intentional, done with awareness of what one is doing.

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Known or felt personally, internally by a person.

    "conscious guilt"

  • Conscious (adjective)


  • Conscious (noun)

    The part of the mind that is aware of itself; the consciousness.

  • Conscientious (adjective)

    wishing to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly

    "a conscientious man, he took his duties very seriously"

  • Conscientious (adjective)

    relating to a person's conscience

    "the individual is denied even the opportunity to break the law on conscientious grounds"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    aware of and responding to one's surroundings

    "although I was in pain, I was conscious"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    having knowledge of something

    "we are conscious of the extent of the problem"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    concerned with or worried about a particular matter

    "they were growing increasingly security-conscious"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    (of an action or feeling) deliberate and intentional

    "a conscious effort to walk properly"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    (of the mind or a thought) directly perceptible to and under the control of the person concerned

    "when you go to sleep it is only the conscious mind which shuts down"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Conscientious (adjective)

    Influenced by conscience; governed by a strict regard to the dictates of conscience, or by the known or supposed rules of right and wrong; - said of a person.

  • Conscientious (adjective)

    Characterized by a regard to conscience; conformed to the dictates of conscience; - said of actions.

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Possessing the faculty of knowing one's own thoughts or mental operations.

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Possessing knowledge, whether by internal, conscious experience or by external observation; cognizant; aware; sensible.

  • Conscious (adjective)

    Made the object of consciousness; known to one's self; as, conscious guilt.

Webster Dictionary
  • Conscientious (adjective)

    characterized by extreme care and great effort;

    "conscientious application to the work at hand"

    "painstaking research"

    "scrupulous attention to details"

  • Conscientious (adjective)

    guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong;

    "a conscientious decision to speak out about injustice"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    intentionally conceived;

    "a conscious effort to speak more slowly"

    "a conscious policy"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts;

    "remained conscious during the operation"

    "conscious of his faults"

    "became conscious that he was being followed"

  • Conscious (adjective)

    (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something;

    "few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance"

    "conscious of having succeeded"

    "the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load"

Princeton's WordNet

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