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automatic

[ aw-tuh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌɔ təˈmæt ɪk /
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adjective
noun
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Idioms about automatic

    on automatic, being operated or controlled by or as if by an automatic device.

Origin of automatic

First recorded in 1740–50; from Greek autómat(os) “self-moving” (see automaton) + -ic

synonym study for automatic

2. Automatic, involuntary, spontaneous all mean not under the control of the will. That which is automatic, however, is an invariable reaction to a fixed type of stimulus: The patella reflex is automatic. That which is involuntary is an unexpected response that varies according to the occasion, circumstances, mood, etc.: an involuntary cry of pain. That which is spontaneous arises from immediate stimuli and usually involves an expression of strong feeling: a spontaneous roar of laughter.

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British Dictionary definitions for automatic

automatic
/ (ˌɔːtəˈmætɪk) /

adjective
noun

Derived forms of automatic

automatically, adverbautomaticity (ˌɔːtəʊməˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for automatic

C18: from Greek automatos acting independently
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