What does subliminal mean?

Definitions for subliminalsʌbˈlɪm ə nl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word subliminal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subliminal(adj)

    below the threshold of conscious perception


  1. Subliminal(a.)

    having or using an intensity of sensory stimulus insufficient to be perceived consciously, but having an effect on unconscious mental processes; as, subliminal advertising. The existence of such an effect is still not universally accepted.

  2. Origin: [Pref. sub- + L. limen threshold.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subliminal

    sub-lim′i-nal, adj. beneath the level of consciousness, latent. [L. sub, under, limen, liminis, the door.]

Editors Contribution

  1. subliminal

    Subliminal (adj) influence of mind that you do not notice

    Subliminal unintentional gesture that dictates the inner thought of your mind.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subliminal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subliminal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steven Wright:

    Today I met with a subliminal advertising executive for just a second.

  2. Societe Generale analyst Michel Martinez:

    The objectives for the end of Hollande's mandate are a bit weak, but the subliminal messages that are being sent are clear: we're going towards more flexibility.

  3. Michael Woodford:

    I'm deeply troubled that the subliminal effect of being owned by Nikkei will make it (the FT) less willing to publish articles critical of corporate Japan, which includes the Nikkei.

  4. Katia Bishops:

    Subliminal messages delivered by toys, clothes and accessories about gender-appropriate roles and behaviors, proper weight and all matters appearance are internalized, as are the less subtle ones delivered verbally and in writing, when they reach puberty, girls are self-conscious and more prone to self-criticism, so these message seeds finally find a fertile ground to grow in.

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Translations for subliminal

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • unterschwellig, subtil, unterbewusstGerman
  • παρασυνειδησιακόςGreek
  • subliminalSpanish
  • نیمه خوداگاهPersian
  • alitajuinen, tiedostamatonFinnish
  • subliminalFrench
  • fo-thairseachúilIrish
  • ქვეცნობიერიGeorgian
  • subliminalLatin
  • подсознательный, сублиминальныйRussian

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