- a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
- a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
- something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
Origin of automaton
1605–15; < Latin: automatic device < Greek, noun use of neuter of autómatos spontaneous, acting without human agency, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + -matos, adj. derivative from base of memonénai to intend, ménos might, force
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- a mechanical device operating under its own hidden power; robot
- a person who acts mechanically or leads a routine monotonous life
C17: from Latin, from Greek, from automatos spontaneous, self-moving
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Word Origin and History for automatous
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