subvocal

adjective

sub·​vo·​cal ˌsəb-ˈvō-kəl How to pronounce subvocal (audio)
: characterized by the occurrence in the mind of words in speech order with or without inaudible articulation of the speech organs
subvocally adverb

Examples of subvocal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So sweet and angry and brand-new, a kind of subvocal monster simply cooing at the pain and the pleasure of life. Ben Marcus, The New Yorker, 19 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subvocal was in 1843

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“Subvocal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subvocal. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

subvocal

adjective
sub·​vo·​cal -ˈvō-kəl How to pronounce subvocal (audio)
: characterized by the occurrence in the mind of words in speech order with or without inaudible articulation of the speech organs
subvocally adverb
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