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

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 But Tammé is also great in the role; her Welfare Queen is powerful and swaggering and unapologetic, and audiences — whatever subconscious prejudices the character is tweaking or appealing to — love to watch her. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘GLOW’ Brings #MeToo to the 1980s," 3 July 2018 What subconscious cues tell me that a light is about to change to red or that the door of a parked car is about to open? Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "Why driving is hard—even for AIs," 7 Dec. 2018 Your subconscious will be working overtime, so important information will be transmitted through your dreams. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The result of this behavior often sends a subconscious message that your health, dreams, and goals come last. SELF, "6 Tips for Pushing Fear Aside So You Can Finally Reach Your Fitness Goals," 31 Oct. 2018 For you, Cancer darling, this energy may feel more internal than external — especially when a full moon in Gemini on Friday, November 23, activates the area of your chart associated with the subconscious. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018

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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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