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  1. of or relating to the period after hypnosis.
  2. (of a suggestion) made during hypnosis so as to be effective after awakening.
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Origin of posthypnotic

First recorded in 1885–90; post- + hypnotic
Related formspost·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for posthypnotic

Historical Examples

  • His release from the posthypnotic suggestion had made it possible.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • A special code phrase in the message had released "Stanley Martin" from the posthypnotic suggestion that had held him for so long.

    Anything You Can Do

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Unless an elaborate set of posthypnotic suggestions are worked out, it is an impossible test for self-hypnosis.

  • Using this technique, with each subject carrying out a posthypnotic suggestion, intensifies the responses of other subjects.

  • That apparitions of a sort can be induced by hypnotic and posthypnotic suggestion is certain enough (see Hypnotism).

posthypnotic in Medicine


  1. Following hypnotism.
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