Sub*lim"i*nal(?), a. [Pref. sub- + L. limen threshold.] 1. (Philos.) Existing in the mind, but below the surface or threshold of consciousness; that is, existing as feeling rather than as clear ideas.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
2. 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.
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