subconscious

adjective
sub·​con·​scious | \ˌsəb-ˈkän(t)-shəs, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from subconscious

Adjective

subconsciously adverb
subconsciousness noun

Did You Know?

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

These two physiological signals can reveal cognitive processing and subconscious emotional arousal in the brain. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "New study finds that audio books elicit stronger emotional response than movies, TV," 21 June 2018 In other words, this is Kate' subconscious — and polite — way to tell others to back off her little boy. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Prince William and Kate Middleton's Relationship With Their Kids," 8 Jan. 2018 Still, a kind of subconscious bias can come into play for coaches in Casey's spot. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Dwane Casey may change assumptions of black coaches," 12 June 2018 This is the ultimate concession, if only subconscious, that Breitbard has made to Hayes, who has had his way all along. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 24, 1971: San Diego loses a team," 24 June 2018 Time: Days or weeks for the memory to emerge from the subconscious. Elliott Krause, WSJ, "A Fifth of All Bitcoin Is Missing. These Crypto Hunters Can Help," 5 July 2018 Popular among the digital detox set, a grayscale screen is thought to be less distracting than those on a colorful one, and marketing experts will tell you that designers have long relied on colors to encourage subconscious decision-making. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Research Behind Google's New Tools for Digital Well-Being," 9 May 2018 Think of Neptune as the planet of the subconscious. refinery29.com, "The Moon Wants You To Pay Attention To Your Dreams On Wednesday Night," 2 July 2018 With the mercury inching ever higher this summer, a less-is-more clothing mentality is entering into the collective subconscious. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross Has a Better Body Than Most 20 Year Olds—And This Workout is Why," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'subconscious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of subconscious

Adjective

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1878, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about subconscious

Share subconscious

Statistics for subconscious

Last Updated

6 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for subconscious

The first known use of subconscious was circa 1834

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for subconscious

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- \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on subconscious

Spanish Central: Translation of subconscious

Nglish: Translation of subconscious for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of subconscious for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about subconscious

Comments on subconscious

What made you want to look up subconscious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a trusted follower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!