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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Other Words from subconscious

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 There’s a lot of dreamy, subconscious things that happen in the movie. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, "Tamar-kali takes the score for ‘Shirley’ on a wild ride tinged with horror and humor," 25 Jan. 2021 Montúfar points out that Pluto communicates through our subconscious mind, meaning that now is the time to turn off the outside noise and tune into your intuitive side. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Forget January 1 — This New Moon Marks The Real Start Of 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 Denial is one coping mechanism that could give people subconscious permission to live life as normal. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "For churchgoers during the Covid-19 pandemic, a deadly lesson from the 1918 flu," 3 Dec. 2020 Your anxiety making its debut as an subconscious movie director? Michella Oré, Glamour, "What Do Dreams Mean? How to Interpret Them According to Scientists," 25 Dec. 2020 Although conflicts of interest can lead to deliberate corruption and bad decisions in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the problem of unintentional and subconscious bias remains a pervasive problem that self-regulation cannot solve. Sunita Sah, Scientific American, "Conflicts of Interest and COVID," 3 Dec. 2020 Surrealism, a visual art and literature movement that emerged in the wake of World War I, was a movement driven by the subconscious. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Step Into a Surrealist World Populated by Horse-Shaped Lamps and Bicycle Tables," 16 Nov. 2020 Use this energy to access a beautiful state of inspiration, drawing from your most subconscious and dreamy levels of self. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 5, 2020," 5 Dec. 2020 In reality, abundant evidence from social science research shows that influence from conflicts of interest often occurs on a subconscious and unintentional level. Sunita Sah, Scientific American, "Conflicts of Interest and COVID," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both eventually trickled out into the wider American subconscious and took root, with Thai risottos, farm-to-table kung pao chicken and restaurants like Lou’s Takeaway as its fruit. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "At Lou's Takeaway in San Rafael, modern California sensibilities shine through singular comfort food," 4 Feb. 2021 While money can’t buy you love, money is tangled up with love in your subconscious. Kate Murphy, WSJ, "Love and Money—and How They’re Connected," 21 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, on some deeper level, my subconscious had already noticed that (via all that editing) and had been conspiring to present an escalation—in this case, Amy. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "George Saunders on Surprising Himself," 2 Nov. 2020 On whether their ideas come from a collective subconscious... Harper's BAZAAR, "Highlights from Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons in Conversation," 24 Sep. 2020 His opposites in the conservative camp remain unnamed, concoctions of his ideological subconscious. Jack Butler, National Review, "The Dreams of Sohrab Ahmari," 26 Aug. 2020 What can the existence of such a saying tell us about the subconscious of the English-speaking world? Ayşegül Savaş, Longreads, "In Defense of Boris the Russki," 10 Aug. 2020 According to Baloh and Bartholomew, there was no science-fiction ray-gun, no Communist subterfuge — only crickets and a crisis of subconscious. Michael P. H. Stanley, National Review, "The Curious Case of ‘Havana Syndrome’," 22 Aug. 2020 These are more spells than songs, full of backwards samples and croaking effects that bleed into the subconscious. Jeff Weiss, Washington Post, "03 Greedo has spent the last two years in a Texas prison but is still the beating heart of L.A.’s rap scene," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of subconscious was circa 1834

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“Subconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subconscious. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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subconscious

adjective

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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