stream of consciousness

noun
1.
Psychology. thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.

Origin:
1885–90

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stream-of-consciousness

[streem-uhv-kon-shuhs-nis]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or characterized by a manner of writing in which a character's thoughts or perceptions are presented as occurring in random form, without regard for logical sequences, syntactic structure, distinctions between various levels of reality, or the like: a stream-of-consciousness novel; a stream-of-consciousness technique.
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stream of consciousness
 
n
1.  psychol the continuous flow of ideas, thoughts, and feelings forming the content of an individual's consciousness. The term was originated by William James
2.  a.  a literary technique that reveals the flow of thoughts and feelings of characters through long passages of soliloquy
 b.  (as modifier): a stream-of-consciousness novel

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stream of consciousness definition


A kind of writing that presents the thoughts of a person or character as they occur. Stream-of-consciousness writing uses devices such as characters speaking to themselves, free association, and lists of words. William Faulkner, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf wrote stream-of-consciousness novels.

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Each mark is executed with precision and purpose, even if the process is stream of consciousness.
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