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

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 Your subconscious mind will try to make a compelling argument to keep you in place! John Brandon, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 But the most terrifying subset of her subconscious brings a dying Lara Dorren into full focus. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 His technique is nearly subconscious at times, seemingly displaying a telepathic sense of how the human mind works, and how best to scare it. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 My understanding of grief and my role in it was subconscious and not addressed in healthy ways. Natashia Deón, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Nov. 2021 Varo, by then well into her 40s, had her breakthrough with a group exhibition in 1955, showing paintings that dealt with the subconscious, the mystical and the metaphysical; in many, the protagonist looked like Varo. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 The speed of speech, timbre of voice, gestures, facial expressions, intonation, and even appearance affect the client on a subconscious level. Ellevate, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The ways in which the company does this are now so omnipresent as to be subconscious, a fact of culture not worth mentioning, like water to fish. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, 4 Oct. 2021 My subconscious and conscious were so confused at that time. Nick Romano, EW.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At any constraints on the human subconscious, and on human freedom. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 However, insight is not the same as a dream delivering us a veiled message from our subconscious. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 12 Aug. 2021 This morning shines a light on your subconscious, as mystical Neptune turns direct after having spent the last five months retrograding through your 12th House of Vulnerability. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 1 Dec. 2021 The extra length and wider diameter removes the feeling of compromise in use, which is an important step for convincing your subconscious to remember to use it. Janhoi Mcgregor, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 There are lines that stay glued to your subconscious, and Mach’s cryptic cadence is reminiscent of Ghostface. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 22 June 2021 Not only is breaking news breaking your flow, ruining your concentration and halting your habits of producing, creating or working on the essential, its messages instil fear into your subconscious. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 As Michigan basketball center Hunter Dickinson weighed the pros and cons of keeping his name in the 2021 NBA draft, there were two drawbacks gnawing at his subconscious. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2021 Not a Halloween goes by without Goosebumps’s tales and theme song burning itself into our subconscious. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021

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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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“Subconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subconscious. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for subconscious

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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