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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for automatically

Contemporary Examples of automatically

Historical Examples of automatically

  • 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.

  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper