liminal

[ lim-uh-nl, lahy-muh- ]
/ ˈlɪm ə nl, ˈlaɪ mə- /
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adjective Psychology.

of, relating to, or situated at the limen.

Nearby words

  1. limewood,
  2. limey,
  3. limicoline,
  4. limicolous,
  5. limina,
  6. liminality,
  7. liming,
  8. limit,
  9. limit dextrin,
  10. limit dextrinase

Origin of liminal

1880–85; < Latin līmin- (stem of līmen) threshold + -al1

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Examples from the Web for liminal

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

    Illusions|James Sully
  • Meantime we are aware also of a substratum of fragmentary automatic, liminal ideas, of which we take small account.



British Dictionary definitions for liminal

liminal

/ (ˈlɪmɪnəl) /

adjective

psychol relating to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced

Word Origin for liminal

C19: from Latin līmen threshold

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Word Origin and History for liminal

liminal

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for liminal

liminal

[ lĭmə-nəl ]

adj.

Relating to a threshold.

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