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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 of subconscious
1825-1835
1825-35; sub- + conscious
Related forms
subconsciously, adverb
subconsciousness, noun
nonsubconscious, adjective
nonsubconsciously, adverb
nonsubconsciousness, noun
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  • And Lester—subconsciously perhaps—was thinking the same thing.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • subconsciously his busy ego was finding solace after last night's rebuff.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Also, subconsciously, she heard him order liver and bacon, with onions.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • And yet subconsciously he knew that all the time he was creating her there had been before him a vision of Jane.

  • It certainly had not afforded her the pleasure she might reasonably have expected, and she subconsciously resented the fact.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for subconsciously

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 subconsciously

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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subconsciously 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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