subliminal

adjective
sub·​lim·​i·​nal | \ (ˌ)sə-ˈbli-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce subliminal (audio) \

Definition of subliminal

1 : inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception
2 : existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness the subliminal mind subliminal advertising

Other Words from subliminal

subliminally adverb

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Since the Latin word limen means "threshold", something subliminal exists just below the threshold of conscious awareness. The classic example of a subliminal message is "Eat popcorn" flashed on a movie screen so quickly that the audience doesn't even notice it consciously. Actually, no such advertising has ever been shown to work. But ordinary ads, both in print and on TV, do contain all kinds of images that shape our response to the product being advertised even when we don't realize it. Try looking carefully at some ads that you like, in order to discover how many ways they may be subliminally affecting you.

Examples of subliminal in a Sentence

The studio denied the existence of subliminal messages in the movie. I am skeptical that subliminal advertising actually works.
Recent Examples on the Web More than the colour-theory perspective, nail brands and creatives are leaning into this subliminal connection between manicure and imagination. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 6 Jan. 2022 More than the color-theory perspective, nail brands and creatives are leaning into this subliminal connection between manicure and imagination. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 4 Jan. 2022 Hawkeye plot holes aside, there’s a subliminal Ant-Man theme here. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Dec. 2021 Issa manifested this conversation through her subliminal thoughts. Essence, 23 Dec. 2021 Those beauty looks doubled as creative expression and subliminal messaging to eventually promote the brand, UN/DN LAQR. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 1 Dec. 2021 The researchers also said that the Federal Trade Commission should step in and add regulation for subliminal messaging in dreams. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 23 Nov. 2021 On the 100th anniversary of Chanel No. 5 perfume, the French fashion house has created 123 high jewelry pieces meant to evoke, in both literal and subliminal ways, the world-famous fragrance. WSJ, 2 Dec. 2021 Saying hello to the community on Facebook and Instagram with a short video from your recruiting department creates brand recognition and can serve as an ongoing subliminal message. Cj Eason, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of subliminal

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for subliminal

sub- + Latin limin-, limen threshold

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The first known use of subliminal was in 1883

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21 Jan 2022

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“Subliminal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subliminal. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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subliminal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of subliminal

: relating to things that influence your mind in a way that you do not notice

subliminal

adjective
sub·​lim·​i·​nal | \ (ˌ)səb-ˈlim-ən-ᵊl, ˈsəb- How to pronounce subliminal (audio) \

Medical Definition of subliminal

1 : inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception
2 : existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness the subliminal mind subliminal advertising

Other Words from subliminal

subliminally \ -​ē How to pronounce subliminal (audio) \ adverb

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