a) partially conscious.

The sense of smell can be a subconscious influence on our actions.

b) below the level of consciousness.
2. noun
that part of the mind that is not consciously perceived; ones innermost thoughts

A person can sometimes wake up knowing the solution to a problem that their subconscious has been working on.

Syn: subconsciousness, subconscious mind

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