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stream' of con'sciousness

1. Psychol.thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.
2. See interior monologue.


Pronunciation: (strēm'uv-kon'shus-nis), [key]
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: a stream-of-consciousness novel; a stream-of-consciousness technique. Cf. interior monologue.

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