|1.||the state or quality of being automatic; mechanical or involuntary action|
|2.||law, philosophy the explanation of an action, or of action in general, as determined by the physiological states of the individual, admissible in law as a defence when the physiological state is involuntary, as in sleepwalking|
|3.||psychol the performance of actions, such as sleepwalking, without conscious knowledge or control|
|4.||the suspension of consciousness sought or achieved by certain artists and writers to allow free flow of uncensored thoughts|
automatism au·tom·a·tism (ô-tŏm'ə-tĭz'əm)
The involuntary functioning of an organ or other body structure that is not under conscious control, such as the beating of the heart or the dilation of the pupil of the eye.
The reflexive action of a body part.
A condition in which one is consciously or unconsciously, but involuntarily, compelled to the performance of certain acts. Also called telergy.