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n. pl. li·mens or lim·i·na (lĭm′ə-nə)
The point at which a stimulus is strong enough to produce a physiological or psychological response.

[Latin līmen, threshold.]


n, pl limens or limina (ˈlɪmɪnə)
(Psychology) psychol another term for threshold4 See also liminal
[C19: from Latin]


(ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊld)

1. the sill of a doorway.
2. the entrance to a house or building.
3. any point of entering or beginning: the threshold of a new career.
4. Also called limen. the point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect: the threshold of consciousness; a low threshold of pain.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English threscold, threscwald, c. Old Norse threskǫldr; akin to thresh in old sense “trample, tread”; -old, -wald unexplained]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limen - the smallest detectable sensation
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression - an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch"
absolute threshold - the lowest level of stimulation that a person can detect
difference limen, difference threshold, differential limen, differential threshold - the smallest change in stimulation that a person can detect
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In locating his story's mis en scene at the liminal point of the American exceptionalist logic's trajectory, it inadvertently-as the insistent uneasiness of the Myth and Symbol School's response to the Battle of the Sand Belt testifies (9)--anticipates the problematization of the American exceptionalist ethos at the end of the twentieth century (the Vietnam War) and the beginning of the twenty-first (the post-9/11 "war on [Islamic] terror).
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The story is situated at a liminal point of passage from one state into another, one epoch into the next, before one is yet over and the next has begun: the end of adolescence and the beginning of adulthood; the passing of rural life and the peasantry, on the one hand, and the birth of a new, primarily urbanized France, on the other.