subconscious

[ suhb-kon-shuh s ]
/ sʌbˈkɒn ʃəs /

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

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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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Medical definitions for subconscious

subconscious
[ sŭb-kŏnshəs ]

adj.

Not wholly conscious; partially or imperfectly conscious.

n.

The part of the mind below the level of conscious perception.

Other words from subconscious

sub•conscious•ly adv.
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