[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).

Nearby words

  1. ideological,
  2. ideologist,
  3. ideologize,
  4. ideologue,
  5. ideology,
  6. ideomotor apraxia,
  7. ideopolis,
  8. ides,
  9. ides of march,
  10. ides of march, beware the

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

  • Of these ideomotor phenomena physical exercises, games, manual trades, readily furnish instances.

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

    Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
  • This is known as ideomotor action and is present in the waking as well as the hypnotic state.

British Dictionary definitions for ideomotor



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


[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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