[ aw-tuh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌɔ təˈmæt ɪk /



Nearby words

  1. automata theory,
  2. automate,
  3. automated,
  4. automated teller machine,
  5. automated-teller machine,
  6. automatic beat,
  7. automatic camera,
  8. automatic data processing,
  9. automatic door,
  10. automatic exposure


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

Origin of automatic

1740–50; < Greek autómat(os) self-moving (see automaton) + -ic

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Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for automatic


/ (ˌɔːtəˈmætɪk) /



Derived Formsautomatically, adverbautomaticity (ˌɔːtəʊməˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for automatic

C18: from Greek automatos acting independently

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Word Origin and History for automatic
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