from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not wholly conscious; partially or imperfectly conscious.
  • noun The part of the mind below the level of conscious perception. Often used with the.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Partially or feebly conscious; of or pertaining to sub-consciousness.
  • Being or occurring in the mind, but not in consciousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Occurring without the possibility or the fact of an attendant consciousness; -- said of states of the soul.
  • adjective Partially conscious; feebly conscious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective partially conscious.
  • adjective below the level of consciousness.
  • noun that part of the mind that is not consciously perceived; one's innermost thoughts

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective just below the level of consciousness
  • noun psychic activity just below the level of awareness


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