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preconscious

[pree-kon-shuh s] /priˈkɒn ʃəs/
adjective
1.
Psychoanalysis. absent from but capable of being readily brought into consciousness.
2.
occurring prior to the development of consciousness.
noun
3.
the preconscious portion of the mind; foreconscious.
Origin of preconscious
1855-1860
1855-60; pre- + conscious
Related forms
preconsciously, adverb
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  • I wish I was a halfway decent telepath, I'd like to know what's going on in your preconscious.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • And his mind, as far back as his preconscious and the upper fringes of his subconscious, agreed with his words.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Dr. Konrad Bern, on the other hand, was difficult to read below the preconscious stage.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • So, as far as possible, there must be in me no departure from myself, lest I injure the preconscious dynamic relation.

  • Bones of the mindful Romans—and savage, preconscious trees, indomitable.

British Dictionary definitions for preconscious

preconscious

/priːˈkɒnʃəs/
adjective
1.
(psychol) prior to the development of consciousness
noun
2.
(psychoanal) mental contents or activity not immediately in consciousness but readily brought there
Derived Forms
preconsciously, adverb
preconsciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for preconscious
adj.

1860, from pre- + conscious (adj.).

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preconscious in Medicine

preconscious pre·con·scious (prē-kŏn'shəs)
n.
See foreconscious.

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