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s?b?l?m ? nlsub·lim·i·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subliminal(adj)

    below the threshold of conscious perception


  1. Subliminal(a.)

    having or using an intensity of sensory stimulus insufficient to be perceived consciously, but having an effect on unconscious mental processes; as, subliminal advertising. The existence of such an effect is still not universally accepted.

    Etymology: [Pref. sub- + L. limen threshold.]


  1. subliminal(Adjective)

    Below the threshold of conscious perception, especially if still able to produce a response.

    Etymology: Morphologically sub- + limen (genitive limen) + -al, a calque of unterschwellig.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subliminal

    sub-lim′i-nal, adj. beneath the level of consciousness, latent. [L. sub, under, limen, liminis, the door.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. subliminal(adjective)

    Of or describing a lyrical diss whose target or meaning is not explicit. Often used as a noun. See also "Subliminal shot." Gotta keep your mouth closed or I'ma blast the Mac They won't believe you, the whole world know that bastard rap Once you outta the throne you can't have it back Retirement home and ain't nothing after that Except you layin in a casket, Black suit on, You can't go to heaven with Timberland boots on No subliminals I ain't talkin to you Shawn I'm talkin to that heartless mouse with no jewels on -- The Game (200 Bars and Running) Here, The Game is dissing Joe Budden (whose old nickname is "Mouse") without mentioning his name. Because he made reference to "the throne" and retirement, The Game found it prudent to explicitly address retired rapper and self-proclaimed "best rapper alive" Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) and tell him that he's not taking subliminal shots at him, but rather at Joe Budden.

Editors Contribution

  1. subliminal

    Subliminal (adj) influence of mind that you do not notice

    Subliminal unintentional gesture that dictates the inner thought of your mind.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on October 21, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subliminal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subliminal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of subliminal in a Sentence

  1. Steven Wright:

    Today I met with a subliminal advertising executive for just a second.

  2. Nicole Kidman:

    That was her message to Meryl Streep, it was subliminal.

  3. Societe Generale analyst Michel Martinez:

    The objectives for the end of Hollande's mandate are a bit weak, but the subliminal messages that are being sent are clear: we're going towards more flexibility.

  4. Katia Bishops:

    Subliminal messages delivered by toys, clothes and accessories about gender-appropriate roles and behaviors, proper weight and all matters appearance are internalized, as are the less subtle ones delivered verbally and in writing, when they reach puberty, girls are self-conscious and more prone to self-criticism, so these message seeds finally find a fertile ground to grow in.

  5. Michael Woodford:

    I'm deeply troubled that the subliminal effect of being owned by Nikkei will make it (the FT) less willing to publish articles critical of corporate Japan, which includes the Nikkei.

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