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[ahy-dee-uh-moh-ter, id-ee-uh-] /ˌaɪ di əˈmoʊ tər, ˌɪd i ə-/
adjective, Psychology.
of or relating to involuntary motor activity caused by an idea.
Compare sensorimotor (def 1).
Origin of ideomotor
1865-70; ideo- + motor
Related forms
ideomotion, noun Unabridged
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  • Of these ideomotor phenomena physical exercises, games, manual trades, readily furnish instances.

  • 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.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
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

ideomotor i·de·o·mo·tor (ī'dē-ə-mō'tər, 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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