- 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 of subliminal
Examples from the Web for subliminal
Just the subliminal nature of being on stage and making a declarative statement rather than a passive one.'Daily Show' Creator Lizz Winstead Is the Queen of Calling Bullshit
December 23, 2013
Although his first song was played on loop for months, the subliminal messaging in ‘Free Loop’ fell on deaf ears.No Pressure, Psy. One-Hit Wonders’ Followup Misses (Videos)
Ben Teitelbaum, Alex Chancey, Nick Mellace, Holly Bernal
April 12, 2013
Subliminal ends up surveying a wide expanse of the psychology landscape, some parts of it more interesting than others.Your Brain Is Not as Rational as You May Think It Is
April 28, 2012
Indeed, that urge was more of a subliminal whisper from her past.How Helena Became a Freak
March 2, 2010
Lifestyle, or sensibility, is the dominant commodity, clothing the subliminal message.The Year of Fashion Photography
October 1, 2009
My subliminal self knew what was going to happen, and was on the job, that's all.Queen Sheba's Ring
H. Rider Haggard
“It is evidently a subliminal self coming to the surface,” he pronounced.The Intoxicated Ghost
They are, in the language of Myers, uprushes from the subliminal self.The Drama of Love and Death
More than this—with some it was extended, and subliminal powers were set free.The Bright Messenger
Geley, Dr., his hypothesis of subliminal consciousness, 434.Mysterious Psychic Forces
- resulting from processes of which the individual is not aware
- (of stimuli) less than the minimum intensity or duration required to elicit a response
Word Origin and History for subliminal
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.
- Below the threshold of conscious perception. Used of stimuli.
- Inadequate to produce conscious awareness but able to evoke a response.