Part of speech: noun

Anything that rouses or excites.

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Usage examples "stimulus":

  1. The stimulus which the Queen could expect from Wolf Hartschwert was certainly far less deep and varied; yet to him who, as a knight, belonged to her train, she granted many favours which she denied the famous Gombert. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. Home is the charm and stimulus of business; and business provides material for the comfort and beauty of home. - "History of American Socialisms", John Humphrey Noyes.
  3. There was, of course, the horror of it, but there was, too, the stimulus of living in a world of realities. - "The Tin Soldier", Temple Bailey.