sub·​con·​scious·​ly | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän(t)-shəs-lē How to pronounce subconsciously (audio) , ˈsəb- \

Definition of subconsciously

: 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

First Known Use of subconsciously

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Subconsciously.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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