non·​con·​scious | \ ˌnän-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce nonconscious (audio) \

Definition of nonconscious

: not conscious : unconscious a nonconscious mental process nonconscious biases

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Other Words from nonconscious

nonconsciously adverb
nonconsciousness noun

Examples of nonconscious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the thinking goes, these nonconscious prejudices and stereotypes are spontaneously and automatically activated and may inadvertently affect how white Americans see and treat Black people and other people of color. Tiffany L. Green, Scientific American, "The Problem with Implicit Bias Training," 28 Aug. 2020 Separating conscious fear from nonconscious threat processing from the start would avoid such confusion. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019 Both people are highly likely to obsess over their sunk cost — law school tuition and time served for the lawyer, the original investment amount for the stock picker — in a nonconscious desire to justify their earlier decisions. Gary Belsky, New York Times, "Why We Think We’re Better Investors Than We Are," 25 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of nonconscious

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonconscious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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non·​con·​scious | \ (ˈ)nän-ˈkän-chəs How to pronounce nonconscious (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonconscious

: not conscious nonconscious psychic processes— A. A. Brill

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