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

  • adj. Of or resembling hypnosis or sleep.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling sleep (or hypnosis)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling hypnosis; akin to the hypnotic state.

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  • adj. of or relating to a state of sleep or hypnosis


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  • In it arise whatever mystical experiences we may have, and our automatisms, sensory or motor; our life in hypnotic and "hypnoid" conditions, if we are subjects to such conditions; our delusions, fixed ideas, and hysterical accidents, if we are hysteric subjects; our supra-normal cognitions, if such there be, and if we are telepathic subjects.

    The Varieties of Religious Experience

  • Not, James explains, in the way advocated by the "medical materialists" – those for whom mysticism signifies nothing but "suggested and imitated hypnoid states, on an intellectual basis of superstition, and a corporeal one of degeneration and hysteria".

    William James, part 6: Mystical states

  • To the medical mind these ecstasies signify nothing but suggested and imitated hypnoid states, on an intellectual basis of superstition, and a corporeal one of degeneration and hysteria.

    The Varieties of Religious Experience

  • Thus there is no sharp demarcation between suggestions in a waking state and suggestions in a hypnoid state.


  • If we do it, we certainly should acknowledge from the start that the hypnoid states are for therapeutic purposes not a bit less important than the full hypnotic states.


  • It is almost arbitrary to decide where those waking states with high tension of suggestibility end and the hypnotic states begin, and not less arbitrary to call the higher degrees only hypnotism and to designate the lower degrees as hypnoid states.


  • Expression and breathing indicated a slight hypnoid state.


  • Much less importance for therapeutic purposes belongs to that hypnoid state which is reached without the idea of sleep where the subject comes with open eyes into a kind of fascination, produced perhaps by a sudden flash of light or by the firm eye of the hypnotizer.


  • It is the post-hypnotic after-effectiveness which gives to the hypnoid and to the hypnotic states their importance for the treatment of the most exasperating symptoms.


  • The expectation that something wonderful will happen can even produce an almost hypnoid state.



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