[ahy-dee-uh-moh-ter, id-ee-uh-]

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 formsi·de·o·mo·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ideomotor

Historical Examples of ideomotor

  • 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.


    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


[ī′dē-ə-mōtər, 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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