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subliminal

[suhb-lim-uh-nl] /sʌbˈlɪm ə nl/
adjective, Psychology
1.
existing or operating below the threshold of consciousness; being or employing stimuli insufficiently intense to produce a discrete sensation but often being or designed to be intense enough to influence the mental processes or the behavior of the individual:
a subliminal stimulus; subliminal advertising.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; sub- + Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1
Related forms
subliminally, adverb
nonsubliminal, adjective
nonsubliminally, adverb
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Examples for subliminal
  • The ruling elite send subliminal messages to control you and are aliens.
  • Sophisticated retailers use a variety of subliminal clues to attract shoppers.
  • The subliminal story is the recognition of the lie by the error detection mechanism.
  • Frontoparietal activation has also been found in studies of subliminal stimulus processing.
  • Here, he plays an advertising consultant whose expertise in subliminal cues makes the viewer act on impulse.
  • The hieroglyphic splatter of these markings gives the show a visceral subliminal power.
  • And the subliminal message is that everything tastes better soaked in fat, animal fat.
  • His creations carry a message of subliminal freedom and luxury.
  • Their work has allied itself with the discreet, almost subliminal beauty that radiates from the objects themselves.
  • The brain identifies patterns, proportions and relationships to make instant subliminal comparisons.
British Dictionary definitions for subliminal

subliminal

/sʌbˈlɪmɪnəl/
adjective
1.
resulting from processes of which the individual is not aware
2.
(of stimuli) less than the minimum intensity or duration required to elicit a response
Derived Forms
subliminally, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin sub- below + līmen threshold
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Word Origin and History for subliminal
adj.

1886, "below the threshold" (of consciousness), formed from sub "below" (see sub-) + Latin limen (genitive liminis) "threshold" (see limit (n.)).

Apparently a loan-translation of German unter der Schwelle (des Bewusstseins) "beneath the threshold (of consciousness)," from Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776-1841), author of a textbook on psychology published in 1824. The scare over subliminal advertising came in 1957.

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subliminal in Medicine

subliminal sub·lim·i·nal (sŭb-lĭm'ə-nəl)
adj.

  1. Below the threshold of conscious perception. Used of stimuli.

  2. Inadequate to produce conscious awareness but able to evoke a response.


sub·lim'i·nal·ly adv.
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