Define: Stimulus

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Definition: Stimulus

Quick Summary of Stimulus

An action that has an impact or influence. In financial terms, this frequently means an investment of money or a change of rules that is designed to increase economic activity.

What is the dictionary definition of Stimulus?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Anything that may have an impact or influence on a system.
  2. physiology Something external that elicits or influences a physiological or psychological activity or response.
  3. psychology Anything effectively impinging upon any of the sensory apparatuses of a living organism, including physical phenomena both internal and external to the body.


Examples of Stimulus in a sentence

In a recession, governments try to develop the best stimulus packages possible to elicit accelerated positive activity in the economy.
Harold’s appointment to the Board of Directors was the stimulus needed to take the company in a new direction.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Stimulus are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 15th February 2020.