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

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Other words from subconscious

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.

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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 Mahler does this in part by tying the six songs together musically, developing melodic themes symphonically in ways that have an overwhelming subconscious effect. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Mahler's 'Song of the Earth' and sky and sea, the L.A. Phil way," 6 Apr. 2018 Those who recalled a contact intended to advance their careers were significantly more likely to have subconscious thoughts of feeling morally tainted. David Burkus, WSJ, "Networking for Actual Human Beings," 19 Apr. 2018 And Verdi, the undisputed master of Italian opera, has suffered a measure of obscurity as a result, even as his music continues to permeate the collective subconscious of popular culture in the US. Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art," 4 July 2018 The fastest way to tap into your psychic abilities is to cultivate a healthy relationship with your subconscious mind. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 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- \

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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