preconscious

[pree-kon-shuh s]
adjective
  1. Psychoanalysis. absent from but capable of being readily brought into consciousness.
  2. occurring prior to the development of consciousness.
noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples of preconscious

  • I wish I was a halfway decent telepath, I'd like to know what's going on in your preconscious.

    Psichopath

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • And his mind, as far back as his preconscious and the upper fringes of his subconscious, agreed with his words.

    Psichopath

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Dr. Konrad Bern, on the other hand, was difficult to read below the preconscious stage.

    Psichopath

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • So, as far as possible, there must be in me no departure from myself, lest I injure the preconscious dynamic relation.

  • Bones of the mindful Romans—and savage, preconscious trees, indomitable.


British Dictionary definitions for preconscious

preconscious

adjective
  1. psychol prior to the development of consciousness
noun
  1. 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
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

preconscious in Medicine

preconscious

[prē-kŏnshəs]
n.
  1. foreconscious
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