sub·​con·​scious·​ly ˌsəb-ˈkän(t)-shəs-lē How to pronounce subconsciously (audio)
: in a subconscious manner : without conscious awareness
As far as she's concerned, it's great to see men acknowledge, whether explicitly or subconsciously, that it's OK to want to care about looking nice, and that wearing something you look good in can make you feel better.Anna-Maria Goossens
If something that you perceive arouses in you a painful emotion, you may subconsciously suppress or deny your perception in order to avoid the unbearable pain, even though the practical results of ignoring your perception may prove ultimately disastrous.Jared Diamond

Examples of subconsciously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting gang of qualified PJs is a hyper-focused, agile, and subconsciously aligned tribe of operators who can carry out extremely complex rescue missions with a small team. Bypat Gault, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 Maybe from there that kind of subconsciously set the mood of being a sample-heavy album or with a mixtape approach. Damien Scott, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2023 In fact, research shows that employee-monitoring software actually makes employees more likely to break rules, as the employees subconsciously begin to feel less in control of their own behavior. Anni Hallila, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2023 You were subconsciously inspired by someone like that. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Oct. 2023 We’re taught from a very, very young age what is and is not available to us based on gender, often subconsciously or subliminally. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 In the conversation with THR below, Hoffman also opens up about approaching Lynch with the news her character would be the next victim, intentionally foreshadowing more this season about the murderers and how losing his mother subconsciously made its way into the scripts. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Oct. 2023 Both artists spoke about how the city of Seattle, either consciously or subconsciously, finds its way into the art and music that is created here and this song is their interpretation of the city. Lauren Ballantyne, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2023 The Wizard of Oz is my comfort movie and subconsciously a bit of an inspiration. Bob Guccione Jr, Spin, 28 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subconsciously was in 1844

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“Subconsciously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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