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subliminal

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This page has 9 definitions of subliminal with English translations in 4 languages. Subliminal is an adjective and noun. Also define these 30 related words and terms: physiology, stimulus, below, limen, threshold, conscious, perception, able, produce, response, latent, underthreshold, superliminal, psychology, directed, awareness, thought, subconscious, unconscious, advertisement, message, convey, manner, person, unaware, influence, the, self, subliminal, and supraliminal.

See also: sub-liminal

English

Etymology

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The adjective is derived from sub- (prefix meaning ‘beneath, under’) +‎ liminal (of or pertaining to an entrance or threshold) (from Latin līminālis, from līmen (doorstep, threshold; doorway, entrance; beginning, commencement)[1] (possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *Heh₃l- (to bend, bow; elbow)) + *-mn̥ (suffix forming action nouns or result nouns from verbs)) + -ālis (suffix forming adjectives of relationship from nouns)). The English word is borrowed from German subliminal, or a calque of German unterschwellig (subliminal, literally beneath the threshold).[2]

The noun is derived from the adjective.[2]

Pronunciation

Adjective

subliminal (comparative more subliminal, superlative most subliminal)

  1. (physiology) Of a stimulus: below the limen or threshold of conscious perception, especially if still able to produce a response; also (generally), below the threshold where a response can be produced. [from late 19th c.]
    Synonyms: latent, underthreshold
    Antonym: superliminal
    • Physiology definition
      A branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter (as organs, tissues, or cells) and of the physical and chemical phenomena involved. (1 of 2 physiology definitions)
    • Able definition
      Having the necessary powers or the needed resources to accomplish a task. (1 of 10 able definitions)
  2. (psychology) Without directed awareness or thought; subconscious (dated), unconscious. [from late 19th c.]
  3. (by extension) Of an advertisement, a message, etc.: conveyed in a manner that a person is unaware of being influenced by it. [from mid 20th c.]

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Noun

subliminal (plural subliminals)

  1. (physiology) Chiefly preceded by the: something which is below the limen or threshold of conscious perception. [from late 19th c.]
  2. (psychology) Chiefly preceded by the: the subconscious (dated) or unconscious self. [from late 19th c.]
  3. (by extension) An advertisement, a message, etc., which is conveyed in a manner that a person is unaware of being influenced by it. [from mid 20th c.]

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References

  1. ^ liminal, adj.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2022; “liminal, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 subliminal, adj. and n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2022; “subliminal, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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French

Etymology

Borrowed from English subliminal, itself a calque from German unterschwellig.

Pronunciation

Adjective

subliminal (feminine subliminale, masculine plural subliminaux, feminine plural subliminales)

  1. subliminal
    Synonym: subliminaire
    Antonym: supraliminal

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Romanian

Etymology

From French subliminal.

Adjective

subliminal m or n (feminine singular subliminală, masculine plural subliminali, feminine and neuter plural subliminale)

  1. subliminal

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Spanish

Etymology

Morphologically sub- (under, below) + Latin līmen (threshold) (genitive līminis) + -al (adjective).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sublimiˈnal/, [su.β̞li.miˈnal]

Adjective

subliminal (plural subliminales)

  1. subliminal

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