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[ahy-dee-uh-moh-ter, id-ee-uh-] /ˌaɪ di əˈmoʊ tər, ˌɪd i ə-/
adjective, Psychology.
of or relating to involuntary motor activity caused by an idea.
Compare sensorimotor (def 1).
Origin of ideomotor
First recorded in 1865-70; ideo- + motor
Related forms
ideomotion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ideomotor
Historical Examples
  • This is known as ideomotor action and is present in the waking as well as the hypnotic state.

  • Good examples of ideomotor action can be observed among the audience at an athletic contest.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Of these ideomotor phenomena physical exercises, games, manual trades, readily furnish instances.

British Dictionary definitions for ideomotor


(physiol) designating automatic muscular movements stimulated by ideas, as in absent-minded acts
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ideomotor in Medicine

ideomotor i·de·o·mo·tor (ī'dē-ə-mō'tər, ĭd'ē-)
Of or relating to an unconscious or involuntary bodily movement made in response to a thought or an idea rather than to a sensory stimulus.

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