subconscious

adjective
sub·​con·​scious | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce subconscious (audio) , ˈsəb- \

Definition of subconscious

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: existing in the mind but not immediately available to consciousness a subconscious motive

subconscious

noun

Definition of subconscious (Entry 2 of 2)

: the mental activities just below the threshold of consciousness

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Adjective

subconsciousness noun

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We're rarely aware, or at least fully aware, of our subconscious mental activity. But subconscious thought does affect our feelings and behavior, and it's often revealed in dreams, artistic expression, and slips of the tongue. The subconscious mind can be a hiding place for anxiety, a source of creativity, and often the reason behind our own mysterious behavior.

Examples of subconscious in a Sentence

Noun A person's behavior can be influenced by urges that exist only in the subconscious. Those feelings had been hidden in her subconscious.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pisces' planetary ruler, Neptune, highlights our subconscious thoughts, dreams, and sensitivities. Amani Richardson, refinery29.com, "Before Venus Leaves Pisces, Put That Energy Into Your Sex Life," 28 Jan. 2020 These subconscious thoughts spurred me to draw in a similar way. Liza Donnelly, The New Yorker, "How I Became a New Yorker Cartoonist," 10 Oct. 2019 When a heavy scene is on the schedule, a number of actors have told me that there tends to be a lighter feeling on set as a subconscious response to what’s happening that day. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Star Wars' Star Kelly Marie Tran on the Challenge of Shooting Leia's Scenes," 31 Dec. 2019 Young children probably pick up on these subtle, sometimes subconscious, signals, Irizarry said. Los Angeles Times, "By age 6, kids tend to see white men as more ‘brilliant’ than white women," 23 Oct. 2019 This subconscious idea suggests that black people can change the behavior of white people by doing better themselves. Dahleen Glanton, Twin Cities, "Dahleen Glanton: A black man forgave the white cop who killed his brother. And some African Americans don’t like it," 10 Oct. 2019 Maybe, though, there is something in those snapshots of his subconscious, all those fields and formations. Rory Smith, New York Times, "He Can Have Any Job He Wants. Right Now, He Doesn’t Want One.," 20 Dec. 2019 Today’s digital information comes in real-time streams, not static statistics, taken directly not just from machines but from people, for instance by tracking subconscious eye movements. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 Pavlova had written a book depicting a woman’s struggle against social constraints, and—a full half century before Freud popularized the idea of the subconscious—insisting on the independence of the unconscious mind. Talya Zax, The Atlantic, "The 19th-Century Feminist Novel Pushed Out of the Russian Canon," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And yet the stories are frustratingly fragmented and incoherent — strange and impenetrable as the subconscious itself. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Zadie Smith’s New Short-Story Collection Dazzles and Disappoints," 26 Sep. 2019 By having Annie and Owen journey through both of their subconsciouses at once, the show could theoretically fill in details about these people’s core beings while still allowing for plenty of action and adventure. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s Maniac, with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, is either too weird or not weird enough," 21 Sep. 2018 The subconscious may seem dangerous and unpredictable, but for many, lucid dreaming is actually a lot less scary than regular dreaming. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 The bulk of the series involves what happens when a mechanical malfunction results in the fusing of Owen and Annie’s subconsciouses, which results in them essentially entering an anthology series. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s Maniac, with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, is either too weird or not weird enough," 21 Sep. 2018 In fact, the subconscious is an extremely sacred place. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of subconscious

Adjective

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Subconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subconscious. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for subconscious

subconscious

adjective
How to pronounce subconscious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of subconscious

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: existing in the part of the mind that a person is not aware of : existing in the mind but not consciously known or felt

subconscious

noun

English Language Learners Definition of subconscious (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of a person's mind that has ideas, feelings, etc., that the person is not aware of

subconscious

adjective
sub·​con·​scious | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-chəs, ˈsəb- How to pronounce subconscious (audio) \

Medical Definition of subconscious

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : existing in the mind but not immediately available to consciousness : affecting thought, feeling, and behavior without entering awareness subconscious motives a subconscious reflex
2 : imperfectly conscious : partially but not fully aware the persistence of subconscious dream activity for several minutes after wakingPsychological Abstracts

Other Words from subconscious

subconsciously adverb
subconsciousness noun

subconscious

noun

Medical Definition of subconscious (Entry 2 of 2)

: the mental activities just below the threshold of consciousness also : the aspect of the mind concerned with such activities — compare unconscious

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