Meaning of “subliminal” in the English Dictionary

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"subliminal" in British English

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subliminaladjective

uk /ˌsʌbˈlɪm.ɪ.nəl/ us /ˌsʌbˈlɪm.ən.əl/

not recognized or understood by the conscious mind, but still having an influence on it:

The leader was interviewed in front of a factory to give the subliminal message that he was a man of the people.

Subliminal advertising tries to influence people without them being aware of it, for example by showing messages for such a short time that people read them without realizing that they have done so.

(Definition of “subliminal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"subliminal" in American English

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subliminaladjective

us /səbˈlɪm·ə·nəl/

not recognized or understood by the conscious mind, but still having an influence on it:

a subliminal message

(Definition of “subliminal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"subliminal" in Business English

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subliminaladjective

uk /ˌsʌbˈlɪmɪnəl/ us

not recognized or understood by the conscious mind, but still having an influence on it:

The magazine is full of subliminal messages about the company's future.

(Definition of “subliminal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)