- au•tom•a•tism[[t]ɔˈtɒm əˌtɪz əm[/t]] n.1) the action or condition of being automatic; mechanical or involuntary action2) pho the theory that the activities of humans and animals are controlled by physical or physiological causes rather than by consciousness3) phl the involuntary functioning of an organic process, esp. muscular, without apparent neural stimulation4) psl Psychol.the performance of an act or actions without the performer's awareness or conscious volition5) fia an artistic technique in which the impulses of the unconscious mind are freed to guide the hand in producing images•Etymology: 1880–85; < Gk automatismós a happening of itself. See automaton, -ism au•tom′a•tist, n. adj.
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