[ suhb-kon-shuhs-lee ]


  1. beneath or beyond the conscious mind:

    Your brain subconsciously processes a lot of the day’s information while you sleep.

  2. without conscious understanding or desire:

    I grew up subconsciously internalizing the stereotypes I saw in movies, TV shows, and advertisements.

    I heard footsteps approaching behind me, and my pace quickened subconsciously.

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  • non·sub·con·scious·ly adverb

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Example Sentences

This helps subconsciously guide users’ attention to the web copy and the message it offers.

In a way, our brains are subconsciously fine-tuned to those surrounding us.

When you’re making a big investment in yourself and your recreational future, you’re subconsciously trying to project the best version of yourself, both physically and socially.

The feeling you had then — an icky feeling — could become subconsciously associated with the sound of anyone chewing.

This coincides with data from Mindshare, a global media agency network, that had a neuroscience team conduct research on how people were subconsciously feeling about the pandemic.

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With deadlines looming, top campaign staff may lean subconsciously on stereotypes about minorities.

Or perhaps certain Republicans have a fear of success, so they are subconsciously sabotaging their own party?

It may have been subconsciously there, but they certainly pulled it out and made it front and center, I think.

I still am probably subconsciously, shamelessly stealing from him, from watching that show.

It was what Lane had always subconsciously known: she had been adopted.

Almost subconsciously Gale secured her tiny revolver from the top of her boot and grasped it ready in her hand.

Had she always known, subconsciously, that he was a scoundrel?

Afterward some of them recalled the look in his eye; but at the moment they noted it—if they noted it at all—subconsciously.

Clarence Adler counsels pupils always to begin by practising slowly—faster tempo will develop later, subconsciously.

Subconsciously, most of us long to get rid of our bric-à-brac and then pull down the draperies that keep out the sunlight.