- Psychoanalysis. absent from but capable of being readily brought into consciousness.
- occurring prior to the development of consciousness.
- the preconscious portion of the mind; foreconscious.
Origin of preconscious
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Examples from the Web for preconscious
On some preconscious level, we never outgrow this expectation or fear about our omnipresent mothers.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
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I wish I was a halfway decent telepath, I'd like to know what's going on in your preconscious.
And his mind, as far back as his preconscious and the upper fringes of his subconscious, agreed with his words.
Dr. Konrad Bern, on the other hand, was difficult to read below the preconscious stage.
So, as far as possible, there must be in me no departure from myself, lest I injure the preconscious dynamic relation.
Bones of the mindful Romans—and savage, preconscious trees, indomitable.
- psychol prior to the development of consciousness
- psychoanal mental contents or activity not immediately in consciousness but readily brought there
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Word Origin and History for preconscious
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