Definition of preconscious in English:

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Pronunciation: /priːˈkɒnʃəs/


Of or associated with a part of the mind below the level of immediate conscious awareness, from which memories and emotions that have not been repressed can be recalled: beliefs and values which are on a preconscious level
More example sentences
  • But sometimes, such as when we eat or sleep, our awareness drops to a preconscious level.
  • Conscious experience, conscious selves, are ‘generated by and represent aspects of our own preconscious minds.
  • In deeper sleep, however, even the preconscious detection of very large and infrequent changes in the external environment cannot be made.


(one's/the preconscious) Psychology
The part of the mind in which preconscious thoughts or memories reside.
Example sentences
  • This is thought to reflect a simple, sensory memory that apparently occurs automatically in the preconscious.
  • This occurs in the preconscious although it might later trigger consciousness.
  • Deep out of our preconscious comes this fear - fear of the pain of dying and shame of the effect that our dying might have on others.



Example sentences
  • Metaphorically, Daniels descends into blackness, his own preconsciousness, beyond the Freudian barrier screening the unconscious from the conscious that controls voluntary movement and mental attention.
  • He does not fully realize the meaning of an object's essence, but such intuition drives him on a quest for clarity and understanding of the ‘natural’ or ‘naive’ viewpoint present in his preconsciousness.
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