automatic Definition

  • 1operating by itself with little or no direct human control; self-regulating
  • 2done or occurring spontaneously, without conscious thought or intention

Using automatic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "automatic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The doors of the supermarket open automatically when someone approaches them.

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    The car has an automatic transmission.

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    She gave an automatic response to the question.

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    He has an automatic reaction to loud noises due to his military training.

automatic Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with automatic

  • a state of mind in which one functions without deliberate thought or effort


    After years of experience, he could do his job on automatic pilot.

  • writing produced without conscious thought or intention, often attributed to a spiritual or supernatural source


    She claimed that the words came to her through automatic writing.

  • a firearm that can fire multiple rounds continuously while the trigger is held down


    The use of automatic weapons is strictly prohibited in this country.

Origins of automatic

from Greek 'automatos', meaning 'self-moving'


Summary: automatic in Brief

The term 'automatic' [ˌɔːtəˈmætɪk] refers to something that operates by itself with little or no direct human control. It can also describe actions or responses that occur spontaneously, without conscious thought or intention. Examples include automatic doors, automatic transmissions, and automatic responses to stimuli. Phrases like 'automatic pilot' and 'automatic writing' extend the concept of automaticity into mental and creative processes.

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