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Definition of automatism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

automatism

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noun
BrE BrE//ɔːˈtɒmətɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɔːˈtɑːmətɪzəm//
 
[uncountable] (art)
 
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a method of painting that avoids conscious thought and allows a free flow of ideas Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French automatisme, from automate ‘automaton’, from Greek automatos ‘acting of itself’, from autos ‘self’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: automatism