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[lim-uh-nl, lahy-muh-] /ˈlɪm ə nl, ˈlaɪ mə-/
adjective, Psychology.
of, relating to, or situated at the limen.
Origin of liminal
1880-85; < Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1 Unabridged
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  • Meantime we are aware also of a substratum of fragmentary automatic, liminal ideas, of which we take small account.

  • This may be technically expressed by saying that the liminal intensity (Schwelle) is raised during sleep.

    Illusions James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for liminal


(psychol) relating to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced
Word Origin
C19: from Latin līmen threshold
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Word Origin and History for liminal

1884, from Latin limen "threshold, cross-piece, sill" (see limit (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Liminality.

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liminal in Medicine

liminal lim·i·nal (lĭm'ə-nəl)
Relating to a threshold.

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