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[suhb-kon-shuh s] /sʌbˈkɒn ʃəs/
existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness:
the subconscious self.
imperfectly or not wholly conscious:
subconscious motivations.
the totality of mental processes of which the individual is not aware; unreportable mental activities.
Origin of subconscious
1825-35; sub- + conscious
Related forms
subconsciously, adverb
subconsciousness, noun
nonsubconscious, adjective
nonsubconsciously, adverb
nonsubconsciousness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for subconsciously


acting or existing without one's awareness: subconscious motive
(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 subconsciously



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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subconsciously in Medicine

subconscious sub·con·scious (sŭb-kŏn'shəs)
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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