subconscious

adjective
sub·​con·​scious | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce subconscious (audio) , 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In an attempt to remove Buddy Love from his subconscious, professor Klump accidentally creates him as a separate person. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Then Teddy jerks from her subconscious, hears her baby crying, and rushes to console her. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Teddy struggles with reality," 26 Mar. 2021 When so many faces are so close to ours in real life, our subconscious takes it personally. Lisa M. Krieger, Star Tribune, "Zoom fatigue is real, but there are simple ways to fight it," 26 Mar. 2021 People need to be made aware of how their subconscious thoughts and beliefs can influence their behavior towards all people of color. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Theater’s day of reckoning: Monique Gaffney: ‘It’s time to even the playing field’," 20 Mar. 2021 The music from older games creates a subconscious emotional tug that brings us back to them—in much the same way that hearing a favorite song from your high school days puts you back in that moment. Anne Mccarthy, Wired, "Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love," 21 Mar. 2021 Delevingne said this homophobia was not overt but rather a subconscious prejudice. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Cara Delevingne Says She Was Homophobic Growing Up," 16 Mar. 2021 Princess culture is fueled by the almost subconscious and completely natural desire for parents and children to believe their children are special. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "How Meghan should, and shouldn't, influence princess play," 11 Mar. 2021 That realization led the two entrepreneurs to research how subconscious exploration could help facilitate such inspiration. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, "Want To Take A Psychedelic Trip? There’s Now An App For That," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Somewhere in my subconscious, there was an organic cotton bedding seed planted and its promise of cozy textile goodness was blooming on the tip of my brain. Marissa Rosenblum, refinery29.com, "My Phone Demon Made Me Buy An Adult Baby Blanket & It’s Heaven," 8 Apr. 2021 The primary reason Kyle Larson is racing again, and Greg McDermott is coaching again, and (fill in the blank with anybody else along these lines from the past, present or future), well, listen to your subconscious. Terence Moore, Forbes, "Kyle Larson And Other Loose-Lip Folks Get Second Chances With Finances In Mind," 11 Mar. 2021 Sounds used consistently, and also when appropriate, to create impact have a powerful effect on our subconscious. Michele Arnese, Forbes, "Progressive Marketers Increasingly Hear Their Brands As Well As See Them," 10 Mar. 2021 Growing up, the prince embarks on a journey to self-identity, reclaiming the throne with the guidance of his ancestors, love interest and his own subconscious. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "How to Watch the 2021 Best Music Film Grammy Nominees," 8 Mar. 2021 Freeform vases, amoeba furniture, rippled glassware, squiggly pillows, and even curvy smoking accessories are occupying rent-free space in our subconscious. Avery Felman, refinery29.com, "Wiggly Things Occupying Happy Space In Our Homes (& Heads)," 23 Feb. 2021 Both eventually trickled out into the wider American subconscious and took root, with Thai risottos, farm-to-table kung pao chicken and restaurants like Lou’s Takeaway as its fruit. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "At Lou's Takeaway in San Rafael, modern California sensibilities shine through singular comfort food," 4 Feb. 2021 While money can’t buy you love, money is tangled up with love in your subconscious. Kate Murphy, WSJ, "Love and Money—and How They’re Connected," 21 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, on some deeper level, my subconscious had already noticed that (via all that editing) and had been conspiring to present an escalation—in this case, Amy. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "George Saunders on Surprising Himself," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of subconscious was circa 1834

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“Subconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subconscious. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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- How to pronounce subconscious (audio) \

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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