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

subconsciously adverb
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 no instant fix that can erase the feelings of unworthiness that worked their way into my subconscious during my last relationship. Gigi Engle, Glamour, "‘I Can’t Stop Crying After Sex’," 19 Mar. 2019 But is your subconscious trying to tell you something? Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "13 Common Sex Dreams and What They Actually Mean," 1 Apr. 2019 According to Spiegel, the forehead is the most prominent subconscious gender marker. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 And maybe that influences audiences through subconscious thought. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zeeko Zaki Finally Gets to Play the Good Guy," 29 Oct. 2018 This has been in the national zeitgeist and in our subconscious - deeply ingrained there like a dormant volcano for a long time, before I was born, before my grandmother was even born. Stephanie Merry, chicagotribune.com, "Amber Tamblyn's novel about sexual assault will upset some people. She's OK with that.," 26 June 2018 Each day we’re faced with seemingly humdrum decisions that reflect subconscious biases — and shape our personal, professional, and financial futures. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 The dismissal of Black victims—whether subconscious or not—is directly linked to society's history of hypersexualizing the black body. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "R. Kelly Docuseries Reminds Us That Not All Stories of Sexual Assault Are Treated Equally," 11 Jan. 2019 This is the subconscious hurdle of what being a double minority sometimes look like: practicing the art of compassion and compromise even when one of your communities causes pain to the other. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

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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