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subconscious

[suhb-kon-shuh s] /sʌbˈkɒn ʃəs/
adjective
1.
existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness:
the subconscious self.
2.
imperfectly or not wholly conscious:
subconscious motivations.
noun
3.
the totality of mental processes of which the individual is not aware; unreportable mental activities.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; sub- + conscious
Related forms
subconsciously, adverb
subconsciousness, noun
nonsubconscious, adjective
nonsubconsciously, adverb
nonsubconsciousness, noun
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  • The subconscious brain is more active, independent and purposeful than once thought.
  • In retrospect, my campus performance seems a subconscious plea.
  • It's my liver exerting influence on my subconscious brain, no doubt.
  • Alzheimer s is not probably a disease but an initiative of an individual s subconscious mind.
  • So there's a sort of subconscious anxiety about candy.
  • Any amiable conversation provides ample evidence of this subconscious social waltz.
  • Our subconscious notices incongruities in a scene.
  • More importantly, the paintings remind me of how deeply uncanny games are, how directly they seem to tap into our subconscious.
  • He also zeroed in on behavior patterns and subconscious fears that limited or even subverted investment goals.
  • In dreams and meditation our personal subconscious can access transpersonal levels of insight.
British Dictionary definitions for subconscious

subconscious

/sʌbˈkɒnʃəs/
adjective
1.
acting or existing without one's awareness: subconscious motive
noun
2.
(psychoanal) that part of the mind which is on the fringe of consciousness and contains material of which it is possible to become aware by redirecting attention Compare preconscious (sense 2), unconscious (sense 5)
Derived Forms
subconsciously, adverb
subconsciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for subconscious
adj.

1823, "not wholly conscious" (implied in subconsciously), from sub- + conscious. First attested in De Quincey. The noun, in the psychological sense, is attested from 1886; earlier subconsciousness (1874).

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subconscious in Medicine

subconscious sub·con·scious (sŭb-kŏn'shəs)
adj.
Not wholly conscious; partially or imperfectly conscious. n.
The part of the mind below the level of conscious perception.


sub·con'scious·ly adv.
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