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[ahy-dee-uh-moh-ter, id-ee-uh-]
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adjective Psychology.
  1. of or relating to involuntary motor activity caused by an idea.Compare sensorimotor(def 1).
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Origin of ideomotor

First recorded in 1865–70; ideo- + motor
Related formsi·de·o·mo·tion, noun
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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.

    A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis

    Melvin Powers

  • 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


  1. 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-)
  1. 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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