Definitions for subconscioussʌbˈkɒn ʃəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•con•scioussʌbˈkɒn ʃəs(adj.)

  1. existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness.

    Category: Psychology

  2. imperfectly or not wholly conscious:

    subconscious motivations.

    Category: Psychology

  3. (n.)the totality of mental processes of which the individual is not aware.

    Category: Psychology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subconscious mind, subconscious(adj)

    psychic activity just below the level of awareness

  2. subconscious(adj)

    just below the level of consciousness

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. subconscious(adjective)ʌbˈkɒn ʃəs

    (of a thought or feeling) not fully realized or understood

    her subconscious desire to fail; Subconsciously, I think I wanted to be exactly like him.


  1. subconscious(Noun)

    that part of the mind that is not consciously perceived; one's innermost thoughts

  2. subconscious(Adjective)

    partially conscious.

  3. subconscious(Adjective)

    below the level of consciousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subconscious(adj)

    occurring without the possibility or the fact of an attendant consciousness; -- said of states of the soul

  2. Subconscious(adj)

    partially conscious; feebly conscious


  1. Subconscious

    In psychology, the subconscious is the part of consciousness that is not currently in focal awareness. The word subconscious is an anglicized version of the French subconscient as coined by the psychologist Pierre Janet, who argued that underneath the layers of critical thought functions of the conscious mind lay a powerful awareness that he called the subconscious mind. Since there is a limit to the information that can be held in conscious focal awareness, a storehouse of one's knowledge and prior experience is needed; this is the subconscious.

Translations for subconscious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) those activities of the mind of which we are not aware

I suspect that his generosity arose from a subconscious desire for praise; We can't control the activities of the subconscious.

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