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  • adj. Positioned below a threshold.
  • adj. Being below the threshold or outside of the ordinary limits of consciousness; subconscious; subliminal.

Etymologies

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From under- +‎ threshold, probably a calque of German unterschwellig ("subliminal", literally "under-threshold"), from unter- ("under-") + Schwelle ("threshold"). More at under, sill.

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