stream of consciousness: Meaning and Definition of

stream' of con'sciousness

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.
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Pronunciation: (strēm'uv-kon'shus-nis), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by a manner of writing in which a character's thoughts or perceptions are presented as occurring in random form, without regard for logical sequences, syntactic structure, distinctions between various levels of reality, or the like:Cf. a stream-of-consciousness novel; a stream-of-consciousness technique.
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