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subconscious

[ suhb-kon-shuhs ]
/ sʌbˈkɒn ʃəs /
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adjective
existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness: the subconscious self.Compare preconscious, unconscious.
imperfectly or not wholly conscious: subconscious motivations.
noun
the totality of mental processes of which the individual is not aware; unreportable mental activities.
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Origin of subconscious

First recorded in 1825–35; sub- + conscious

OTHER WORDS FROM subconscious

sub·con·scious·ly, adverbsub·con·scious·ness, nounnon·sub·con·scious, adjectivenon·sub·con·scious·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subconscious

subconscious
/ (sʌbˈkɒnʃəs) /

adjective
acting or existing without one's awarenesssubconscious motive
noun
psychoanal that part of the mind which is on the fringe of consciousness and contains material of which it is possible to become aware by redirecting attentionCompare preconscious (def. 2), unconscious (def. 5)

Derived forms of subconscious

subconsciously, adverbsubconsciousness, noun
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