preconscious

[ pree-kon-shuh s ]
/ priˈkɒn ʃəs /
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adjective

Psychoanalysis. absent from but capable of being readily brought into consciousness.
occurring prior to the development of consciousness.

noun

the preconscious portion of the mind; foreconscious.

Origin of preconscious

First recorded in 1855–60; pre- + conscious
Related formspre·con·scious·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for preconscious

preconscious

/ (priːˈkɒnʃəs) /

adjective

psychol prior to the development of consciousness

noun

psychoanal mental contents or activity not immediately in consciousness but readily brought there
Derived Formspreconsciously, adverbpreconsciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for preconscious

preconscious


adj.

1860, from pre- + conscious (adj.).

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Medicine definitions for preconscious

preconscious

[ prē-kŏnshəs ]

n.

foreconscious
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