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

The act of splicing together disparate images and fragments of text mirrored their belief that meaning was generated by the subconscious. 1843, "Stick ‘em up! A surprising history of collage," 24 July 2019 The researchers measured the size of participants’ pupils throughout to gauge their subconscious reactions to these images. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Is Trypophobia Really a Fear of Holes or Something Else Entirely?," 26 July 2019 Or were psychological factors, subconscious yet mind-altering, the more likely cause? Benedict Carey, BostonGlobe.com, "Were US diplomats attacked in Cuba? Brain study deepens mystery," 23 July 2019 Set daily reminders or even consider using phone apps to remind you of your progress and encourage your subconscious to work on your goals. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving investor behavior: Strengthen your financial superpowers," 21 July 2019 Our inability to comprehend the reason for our melancholia pushes us further into our subconscious depths, and manifests as a kind of permanent mourning. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Stories We Tell, and Don’t Tell, About Asian-American Lives," 17 July 2019 To an extent, both of these muscle changes also allow dogs to show more of their eyes, possibly allowing them to take a greater part in this sort of unspoken, subconscious communication. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We may have inadvertently selected for muscles on dogs’ faces," 18 June 2019 Perhaps the excess and superfluity of our present-day leaders’ clothing is a subconscious compensation for not being clothed with power from on high? Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 Both of these were plausible hypotheses, possibly buried in his subconscious, that his brain had triangulated, thus strengthening both and leaving him in no doubt about either. Quanta Magazine, "How Triangulation Leads to Knowledge," 4 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By having Annie and Owen journey through both of their subconsciouses at once, the show could theoretically fill in details about these people’s core beings while still allowing for plenty of action and adventure. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s Maniac, with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, is either too weird or not weird enough," 21 Sep. 2018 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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