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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
First recorded in 1825-35; sub- + conscious
Related forms
subconsciously, adverb
subconsciousness, noun
nonsubconscious, adjective
nonsubconsciously, adverb
nonsubconsciousness, noun Unabridged
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  • But the subconscious lover in Winton made it personal to him, and it was the lover who spoke when he went on.

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • He had lived on the defensive, oppressed by a subconscious sense of inferiority.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • The technical unfolding of these subconscious sources is a mode of procedure that has always been instinctively employed.

  • For most of us the fear of death is a subconscious rather than an active fear.

  • Why then did he not go a step further and admit that the animal could by its own subconscious efforts form entirely new organs?

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
British Dictionary definitions for subconscious


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 subconscious

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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subconscious 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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