noun, plural stim·u·li [stim-yuh-lahy] /ˈstɪm yəˌlaɪ/.
Origin of stimulus
Synonyms for stimulus
Antonyms for stimulus
Related Words for stimulusimpetus, stimulant, motivation, incentive, stimulation, catalyst, encouragement, fillip, instigation, incitement, urging, incitation, spur, flash, bang, sting, goad, motive, charge, boost
Examples from the Web for stimulus
Contemporary Examples of stimulus
Supporters of the president argue these trends are inevitable and the Stimulus made a terrible situation better.What the GOP Will Do If It Wins Congress
October 3, 2014
First, they let the stimulus boost expire, which that meant an average family of three receiving benefits lost $29 per month.Congress Unites to Screw the Hungry
September 8, 2014
The stimulus, with its emphasis on public sector jobs, did little for Main Street.Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%
June 28, 2014
And still—an auto-bailout, a health care bill, a stimulus, the regular lifting of the debt ceiling, defense and budget deals.‘Breaking Bad’ in the White House: Bryan Cranston as LBJ in 'All the Way'
March 7, 2014
Stripped of any stimulus, the expressions of this first group of people expose their true consciousness (theoretically, at least).‘Visitors’ Is Staring At You
January 25, 2014
Historical Examples of stimulus
She would want his companionship and the stimulus of his mind, in hers.Her Father's Daughter
Her distress was a new gratification and stimulus to her betrayer.Imogen
The stimulus to variation may have come from the mother as well as the father.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Isolation from the mother country was a stimulus to the inventive imagination.The American Mind
Expose him to the stimulus of necessity in an unsettled country.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ, -ˌliː)
Word Origin for stimulus
plural stimuli, 1680s, originally as a medical term, "something that goads a lazy organ" (often the male member), from Modern Latin stimulus "goad" (see stimulation). General sense is from 1791. Psychological sense is first recorded 1894.
n. pl. stim•u•li (-lī′)
Plural stimuli (stĭm′yə-lī′)
plur. stimuli (stim-yuh-leye)
An action, condition, or person that provokes a response, especially a conditioned response.