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[aw-tuh-mat-ik-lee] /ˌɔ təˈmæt ɪk li/
without volition or from force of habit; mechanically:
Whenever I hear that song, I automatically think of my dad.
by a device or process requiring no human intervention:
The switch can be operated automatically or manually.
in a manner independent of a decision or action:
Your membership will be renewed automatically.
(of a firearm) repeatedly for as long as the trigger is pulled:
a rifle that fires automatically.
Origin of automatically
First recorded in 1710-15; automatic + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Kimberley was automatically relieved; Cronje was on the run.

  • He is not automatically a gentleman, but at least he has become capable of learning how to be one.

    Dead Giveaway Gordon Randall Garrett
  • An automatically controlled ship was sent ahead, and began the bombardment.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • automatically she gives him his bath, his massage, his run in the park.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Persons in this class, on stepping into your machine, automatically transfer all their money troubles to you.

    Of All Things Robert C. Benchley
Word Origin and History for automatically

1834, "involuntarily, unconsciously;" see automatic + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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