Subconscious describes something that is just below your awareness, like at a subconscious level hoping your friend's boyfriend breaks up with her — you didn't even realize you felt that way until it happened.

If you are aware of something, you are conscious of it, like being conscious of your tendency to talk too much when you are nervous: you watch for it and try to control it. Most words that start with the prefix sub- are something “under” the root word: something subconscious is under or below your awareness. Maybe in time, it will surface — you might get to the root of why you get so nervous in the first place.

Definitions of subconscious

adj just below the level of consciousness

not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead

n psychic activity just below the level of awareness

subconscious mind
Type of:
brain, head, mind, nous, psyche
that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

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