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automatically

[aw-tuh-mat-ik-lee] /ˌɔ təˈmæt ɪk li/
adverb
1.
without volition or from force of habit; mechanically:
Whenever I hear that song, I automatically think of my dad.
2.
by a device or process requiring no human intervention:
The switch can be operated automatically or manually.
3.
in a manner independent of a decision or action:
Your membership will be renewed automatically.
4.
(of a firearm) repeatedly for as long as the trigger is pulled:
a rifle that fires automatically.
Origin of automatically
1710-1715
First recorded in 1710-15; automatic + -ly
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  • Dick automatically followed him, and then stepped back, startled.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Buel saw a man wave his hand, and automatically he waved in return.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • As in the past he had bristled and snarled at sight of Lip-lip, so now, and automatically, he bristled and snarled.

    White Fang Jack London
  • That automatically made them captain and executive officer of the Benefactor.

    Join Our Gang? Sterling E. Lanier
  • The great generators idled and automatically came to a stop.

    In the Orbit of Saturn Roman Frederick Starzl
Word Origin and History for automatically
adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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