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subliminal

subliminal

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

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

Full Definition of SUBLIMINAL

1
:  inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception
2
:  existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness <the subliminal mind> <subliminal advertising>
sub·lim·i·nal·ly adverb

Examples of SUBLIMINAL

  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

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude

Rhymes with SUBLIMINAL

subliminal

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

Medical Definition of SUBLIMINAL

1
:  inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception
2
:  existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness <the subliminal mind> <subliminal advertising>
sub·lim·i·nal·ly \-ē\ adverb

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