Definition of limen in English:

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limen

Pronunciation: /ˈlīmən/

noun (plural limens or limina /ˈlimənə/)

Psychology
A threshold below which a stimulus is not perceived or is not distinguished from another.
Example sentences
  • One enters into ritual time and ritual space by passing over a limen, a threshold, such as one finds at a doorway.
  • Academics call it ‘liminality’, from the Latin limen - the line separating, or failing to separate, Arthur from Martha.
  • The approach of death - or a willed approach to the radius of death - brings the subject to the limen of that void.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, 'threshold'.

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