Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The involuntary imitation of movements made by others, seen in certain psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

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  • noun The involuntary repetition or imitation of the observed movements of another.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[echo + Greek prāxis, action + –ia.]

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Greek echo (repetition) and praxia (action).

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  • n., the meaningless imitation of the movements of others (From echo and the Greek word for 'action')

    July 9, 2008

  • Fancy word for a species of copycat, no? Cf. echolalia.

    June 14, 2011