- 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
Words nearby automatism
Definition for automatist (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), au·tom·a·tized, au·tom·a·tiz·ing.
OTHER WORDS FROM automatizeau·tom·a·tist, nounau·tom·a·ti·za·tion, noun
Example sentences from the Web for automatist
But as we go further we can no longer limit the problem in this way,—to the activities of the automatist's subliminal self.
The medium was a psychic of the Corliss type, an automatist who delivered his “spirit messages” by word of mouth.Adventurings in the Psychical|H. Addington Bruce
I do not, of course, mean that they all of them bring messages from sources external to the automatist's own mind.
There is in such a case no apparent communication between the discarnate mind and the mind of the automatist.
His manifestations may differ very considerably from the automatist's normal personality.