subliminal

adjective sub·lim·i·nal \ (ˌ)sə-ˈbli-mə-nᵊl \

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

subliminally

adverb

Examples of subliminal in a Sentence

  1. The studio denied the existence of subliminal messages in the movie.

  2. I am skeptical that subliminal advertising actually works.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of subliminal

sub- + Latin limin-, limen threshold


SUBLIMINAL Defined for English Language Learners

subliminal

adjective

Definition of subliminal for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

subliminal

adjective sub·lim·i·nal \ (ˌ)səb-ˈlim-ən-ᵊl, ˈsəb- \

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

subliminally

play \\ adverb

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