Definition of subconscious
- a subconscious motive
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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.
A person's behavior can be influenced by urges that exist only in the subconscious.
Those feelings had been hidden in her subconscious.
: existing in the part of the mind that a person is not aware of : existing in the mind but not consciously known or felt
: the part of a person's mind that has ideas, feelings, etc., that the person is not aware of
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