subconscious

1 of 2

adjective

sub·​con·​scious ˌsəb-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce subconscious (audio)
ˈsəb-
: existing in the mind but not immediately available to consciousness
a subconscious motive
subconsciousness noun

subconscious

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noun

: the mental activities just below the threshold of consciousness

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
While the perceptive Moon in your 6th House of Duty picks up on subconscious Pluto in your sharing sector, you’re equipped to detect the deeper dynamics involved in the situation. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 4 Feb. 2024 There are certain images that slither past good taste and politics and sink their teeth straight into the subconscious. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 During hypnosis, the critical nature of the mind is bypassed and the subconscious mind is in a more suggestible state, hence why subjects act so silly and uninhibited on stage. Emily Latimer, Longreads, 25 Jan. 2024 That leads us to believe that there was at least some subconscious wrist-slapping for Beltran in his debut year. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 Researchers have long studied the phenomenon of home-court advantage in basketball, and many keep returning to a subconscious referee bias — the human susceptibility to social influence, wanting to confirm to the opinion of the group. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2024 Your subconscious has not only internalized this limiting belief but has also skewed your experiences to create evidence confirming this belief. Sahaj Kaur Kohli, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 For Israelis, this same date will be that of a heinous Palestinian crime against humanity that summoned from the collective Jewish subconscious images of Jew-slaughter through the ages, culminating in the Holocaust. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Wall of Eyes goes deeper into the band’s subconscious, both lyrically and musically. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 26 Jan. 2024
Noun
Hutcherson is compelling as a man trying desperately to cling to his last spark of hope, replaying the day his baby brother was kidnapped to search his own subconscious for clues. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 An evolutionary biology prof who keeps threatening to write the science book that will rock the academic world, the remarkably unremarkable family man would appear to be the last person to crash the subconscious of those unknown to him. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2023 By the Reagan ’80s and the Clinton ’90s, as economic prosperity helped cloister Middle America from the tragic fallout of epidemics like AIDS and crack, erotic thrillers from Body Heat to Cruising needled the collective subconscious about infidelity, queerness, female empowerment. Time, 11 Aug. 2023 The Red Door pops up in the new film, again via a now-teenage Dalton’s drawings, after his art teacher (Succession’s Hiam Abbass) encourages him to dig into his subconscious for inspiration. Shannon Carlin, Time, 7 July 2023 The collections have been the soul and backbone of LACMA and would be the envy of most museums, but the impulse behind the architectural effort, the unstated subconscious of the project, was more fundamentally to sensationalize the design into a spectacle. Joseph Giovannini, The New York Review of Books, 2 Oct. 2020 These jaunts down memory lane are narrated by Bea’s omniscient subconscious in voiceover. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2022 Through a series of unconnected conversations with unrelated people on Zoom, my 14-year-old boarding-school love arose from my subconscious. Kim O'Hara, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2023 However the truth is that emotional influence lodges deep in our subconscious and is almost impossible to recall. Robert George Heath, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subconscious was circa 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Subconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subconscious. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

subconscious

1 of 2 adjective
sub·​con·​scious ˌsəb-ˈkän-chəs How to pronounce subconscious (audio)
ˈsəb-
: existing in the mind but not immediately available to consciousness
a subconscious motive
subconsciously adverb

subconscious

2 of 2 noun
: the mental activities just below the limit of consciousness

Medical Definition

subconscious

1 of 2 adjective
sub·​con·​scious ˌsəb-ˈkän-chəs, ˈsəb- How to pronounce subconscious (audio)
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
subconsciously adverb
subconsciousness noun

subconscious

2 of 2 noun
: 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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