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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Other Words from subconscious

Adjective

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 20th century art movement that defined generations of design and literature by taking ideas of the subconscious irrational mind, and mixing them with the everyday has firmly found its place on the runway. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2021 The subconscious influence of officiating, like the random influence of luck, is something no one openly talks about in sports. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 3 July 2021 This is vintage Lockwood: animism, eroticism, and absurdity, equal parts surrealist subconscious and vernacular Americana, stretched to the limits of grammar. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, 30 June 2021 But the reasons can also involve a subconscious, affective attachment to specific archetypes and myths. The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Watching a defendant shuffle into court in chains can evoke a subconscious, reflexive presumption of guilt — even in a judge hearing a case in juvenile court. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 Yet, your present mind is far wiser, so use that to deal with the present situation and not your subconscious brain that is the reactive brain. Robin Ryan, Forbes, 7 July 2021 In a subconscious way, the couple had been preparing for this moment their entire lives. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Copying your style might also be a mark of your co-worker's insecurity, and a subconscious way of elevating her own standing. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many of our night visions revolved around the fear of death, as our subconscious ruminated on the very real threat of Covid-19. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 12 July 2021 In an open letter published on the op-ed website DXE, the scientists decry the concept of dream advertising, wherein companies engineer ads into your subconscious through audio and video clips. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 8 July 2021 Your subconscious may provide the signposts that send you in the right direction with a confusing situation. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 21 June 2021 Deborah, like Freud, believes in jokes as discrete architectural objects, daggers that poke at the collective subconscious. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 Since quitting my music lessons, those moments have floated to the surface of my emotional subconscious, and the real, objective gift of piano has become clear to me. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, 18 May 2021 The point isn’t to memorize the words but to allow the content to enter your subconscious. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Levi’s production, often atmospheric, lush, and dense all at once, manages to bring Tirzah’s songwriting into your subconscious. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021 Somewhere in my subconscious, there was an organic cotton bedding seed planted and its promise of cozy textile goodness was blooming on the tip of my brain. Marissa Rosenblum, refinery29.com, 8 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subconscious. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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