Definitions

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  • adv. In a subconscious manner; something done unknowingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an unconscious manner; without consciousness.

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

  • adv. without awareness

Etymologies

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unconscious +‎ -ly

Examples

  • He used her name unconsciously, riveting his gaze to the dancing flames.

    This Calder Sky

  • He’d used her name unconsciously and wasn’t aware he’d done something wrong until she slid him a wary side glance.

    Stands a Calder Man

  • He would, instead, read the novels in its terms unconsciously, without any intellectual freedom, as if no other terms were even conceivable.

    Updating fallacy

  • Grumpy Old Bookman posits (and I'm summarizing) that in order to become more respectable in publishing circles, the sf community has been quietly giving unwarranted kudos to literary science fiction instead of more deserving books: So what they have begun to do, consciously or unconsciously, is award prizes to work which could, on a dark night, be mistaken for literary stuff.

    Reading Snobbery, Part 2

  • At his words, the view which we have been observing almost unconsciously, is impressed upon our minds as if it had been illuminated by a sudden ray of sunshine, and we experience the joy of having crystallised an impression which we had before only imperfectly felt.

    The Montessori Method

  • In this way she is able to get the meaning of those half sentences which we complete unconsciously from the tone of the voice or the twinkle of the eye.

    The Story of My Life

  • "Eve!" he said, using her name unconsciously for the first time.

    The Masquerader

  • "And I promise to be faithful to you, Sim Gage," said she, using his common name unconsciously now.

    The Sagebrusher A Story of the West

  • Persons who have been wonder-struck at the production of very striking results by a seemingly inadequate cause, are frequently described as unconsciously dropping the things they held in their hands.

    Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects Everyman's Library

  • "The good that people do unconsciously is often more than that they intend."

    The Hills of the Shatemuc

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