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subconscious

adjective sub·con·scious \ ˌsəb-ˈkän(t)-shəs , ˈsəb- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of subconscious

: existing in the mind but not immediately available to consciousness
  • a subconscious motive

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.

First Known Use of subconscious

circa 1834


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subconscious

noun

Definition of subconscious

: the mental activities just below the threshold of consciousness

Examples of subconscious in a Sentence

  1. A person's behavior can be influenced by urges that exist only in the subconscious.

  2. Those feelings had been hidden in her subconscious.

First Known Use of subconscious

1878


SUBCONSCIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

subconscious

adjective

Definition of subconscious for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of subconscious for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a person's mind that has ideas, feelings, etc., that the person is not aware of


Medical Dictionary

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subconscious

adjective sub·con·scious \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-chəs, ˈsəb- \

medical Definition of subconscious

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 waking
  • Psychological Abstracts

subconsciously

adverb

subconsciousness

noun

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subconscious

noun

medical Definition of subconscious

: 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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