Definitions for subliminalsʌbˈlɪm ə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•lim•i•nalsʌbˈlɪm ə nl(adj.)

  1. existing or operating below the threshold of consciousness; insufficiently intense to produce a discrete sensation but influencing or designed to influence mental processes or behavior:

    subliminal advertising.

    Category: Psychology, Cognition

Origin of subliminal:

1885–90; sub - + L līmin-, s. of līmen threshold + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. subliminal(adj)

    below the threshold of conscious perception


  1. subliminal(Adjective)

    Below the threshold of conscious perception, especially if still able to produce a response.

  2. Origin: Morphologically sub- + limen (genitive limen) + -al, a calque of unterschwellig.

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