- the performance of an act or actions without the performer's awareness or conscious volition.
- such an act, as sleepwalking.
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Origin of automatism
OTHER WORDS FROM automatismau·tom·a·tist, noun, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for automatism
There is an automatism to him, a preternatural talent for responding exactly, and briskly, with what is expected.
She could limit his Brassfield state as to time, or she could keep him in a state of automatism.Double Trouble|Herbert Quick
Automatism, which it tries to draw in the direction of freedom, winds about it and drags it down.Creative Evolution|Henri Bergson
Connections between trance and automatism, indeed, are obvious enough.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death|Frederick W. H. Myers