stimulus

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin stimulus (goad, prick)

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Noun[edit]

stimulus (plural stimuli)

  1. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) Anything that may have an impact or influence on a system.
    an economic stimulus
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, New York Times:
      Democrats, meanwhile, point out that Republicans seem to have made a conscious decision, beginning with the stimulus, to oppose anything the president put forward, dooming any chance of renewed cooperation between the parties.
  2. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (physiology) Something external that elicits or influences a physiological or psychological activity or response.
  3. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (psychology) Anything effectively impinging upon any of the sensory apparatuses of a living organism, including physical phenomena both internal and external to the body.
  4. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) Anything that induces a person to take action.

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Verb[edit]

stimulus

  1. conditional of stimuli

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin stimulus.

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Noun[edit]

stimulus m (plural stimulus or stimuli)

  1. stimulus

Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

stimulus m (genitive stimulī); second declension

  1. A goad, prick
  2. A sting
  3. (figuratively) stimulus, incentive

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative stimulus stimulī
genitive stimulī stimulōrum
dative stimulō stimulīs
accusative stimulum stimulōs
ablative stimulō stimulīs
vocative stimule stimulī

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References[edit]

  • stimulus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879