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preconscious

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

First recorded in 1855–60; pre- + conscious
Related formspre·con·scious·ly, adverb
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  • 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
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noun
  1. psychoanal mental contents or activity not immediately in consciousness but readily brought there
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Derived Formspreconsciously, adverbpreconsciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for preconscious

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

preconscious in Medicine

preconscious

(prē-kŏnshəs)
n.
  1. foreconscious