Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

subliminal

play
adjective sub·lim·i·nal \(ˌ)sə-ˈbli-mə-nəl\

Simple Definition of subliminal

  • : relating to things that influence your mind in a way that you do not notice

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subliminal

  1. 1 :  inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception

  2. 2 :  existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness <the subliminal mind> <subliminal advertising>

subliminally adverb

Examples of subliminal in a sentence

  1. The studio denied the existence of subliminal messages in the movie.

  2. I am skeptical that subliminal advertising actually works.



Origin of subliminal

sub- + Latin limin-, limen threshold


First Known Use: 1886

Rhymes with subliminal


Medical Dictionary

subliminal

play
adjective sub·lim·i·nal \(ˌ)səb-ˈlim-ən-əl, ˈsəb-\

Medical Definition of subliminal

  1. 1:  inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception

  2. 2:  existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness <the subliminal mind> <subliminal advertising>

subliminally \-ē\play adverb



Learn More about subliminal


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up subliminal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

expressing little or no emotion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ