automatic

adjective
au·​to·​mat·​ic | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce automatic (audio) \

Definition of automatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : largely or wholly involuntary especially : reflex sense 5 automatic blinking of the eyelids
b : acting or done spontaneously or unconsciously the automatic applause of the audience
c : done or produced as if by machine : mechanical the answers were automatic
2 : having a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism an automatic transmission
3 of a firearm : firing repeatedly until the trigger is released

automatic

noun

Definition of automatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a machine or apparatus that operates automatically especially : an automatic firearm
2a : an automatic transmission a car with a three-speed automatic
b : an automobile with an automatic transmission Is your car an automatic or a manual?
3 American football : audible

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Other Words from automatic

Adjective

automatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce automatically (audio) \ adverb
automaticity \ -​mə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce automaticity (audio) , -​ma-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for automatic

Synonyms: Adjective

instinctive, instinctual, involuntary, knee-jerk, mechanic, mechanical, robotic, spontaneous

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmechanical

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Adjective

spontaneous, impulsive, instinctive, automatic, mechanical mean acting or activated without deliberation. spontaneous implies lack of prompting and connotes naturalness. a spontaneous burst of applause impulsive implies acting under stress of emotion or spirit of the moment. impulsive acts of violence instinctive stresses action involving neither judgment nor will. blinking is an instinctive reaction automatic implies action engaging neither the mind nor the emotions and connotes a predictable response. his denial was automatic mechanical stresses the lifeless, often perfunctory character of the response. a mechanical teaching method

Examples of automatic in a Sentence

Adjective

Without thinking, he gave an automatic reply. She always has an automatic smile for everyone.

Noun

Will your next car be a manual or an automatic?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Those comments on Friday were followed Saturday by remarks at a vigil from New Zealand attorney general David Parker, who said the government would ban semi-automatic rifles, as reported by the New Zealand Herald. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "New Zealand Lawmakers Are Changing Gun Laws in Response to the Christchurch Mosque Attacks," 18 Mar. 2019 The slab-sided semi-automatic handgun holds seven rounds of .45 ACP ammunition and was the standard sidearm of the U.S. military from World War I to the 1980s, a remarkable longevity. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever Made," 21 Sep. 2018 Baca, 53, was shot 22 times with a semi-automatic assault rifle and his body was burned and left on Pajarito Mesa near the city of Los Alamos in January 2008, authorities have said. Fox News, "Alleged Juarez cartel assassin extradited to New Mexico," 6 Sep. 2018 Masoom is accused of leaving the .380 semi-automatic handgun on the table without a trigger lock in place, the documents show. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man charged in May accidental shooting of son in SE Houston," 9 July 2018 But officials say a cheap, legal attachment might have allowed Stephen Paddock’s semi-automatic guns to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns (via Associated Press). Sam Rosenstiel, Cincinnati.com, "Gun groups sue Cincinnati over Council's bump stock ban," 22 June 2018 Parker sneaked his stepfather's Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol into the school in a book bag, police have said. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Marshall County school district bans backpacks after school shooting," 7 June 2018 The weapon was identified as a semi-automatic handgun. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Man who pointed gun at Sacramento deputies likely mistook them for a neighbor, authorities say," 5 June 2018 The two men, armed with semi-automatic handguns, entered the apartment and fired off a number of rounds, striking the three people, police said. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "New charges filed in February home invasion and shooting death in Zion," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The gunman still may have carried out the shooting without bump stocks, but the devices made the shooting much deadlier by turning his semiautomatic weapons into guns that closely simulated automatics. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 The gunman still may have carried out the shooting without bump stocks, but the devices made the shooting much deadlier by turning his semiautomatic weapons into guns that closely simulated automatics. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 The gunman still may have carried out the shooting without bump stocks, but the devices made the shooting much deadlier by turning his semiautomatic weapons into guns that closely simulated automatics. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 The gunman still may have carried out the shooting without bump stocks, but the devices made the shooting much deadlier by turning his semiautomatic weapons into guns that closely simulated automatics. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 The gunman still may have carried out the shooting without bump stocks, but the devices made the shooting much deadlier by turning his semiautomatic weapons into guns that closely simulated automatics. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 The gunman still may have carried out the shooting without bump stocks, but the devices made the shooting much deadlier by turning his semiautomatic weapons into guns that closely simulated automatics. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 The gunman still may have carried out the shooting without bump stocks, but the devices made the shooting much deadlier by turning his semiautomatic weapons into guns that closely simulated automatics. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump administration to ban bump stocks for guns," 29 Nov. 2018 In 2006, 47 percent of new models in the U.S. were offered with automatics and manuals. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "The shift is on: Manual transmissions may be endangered but they're also beloved," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of automatic

Adjective

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for automatic

Adjective and Noun

Greek automatos self-acting, from aut- + -matos (akin to Latin ment-, mens mind) — more at mind

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The first known use of automatic was in 1686

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automatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of automatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a machine or device : having controls that allow something to work or happen without being directly controlled by a person
of a gun : shooting many bullets very quickly when the trigger is pulled
: happening or done without deliberate thought or effort

automatic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of automatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a gun that shoots many bullets very quickly : an automatic weapon
: a vehicle that changes gears by itself at different speeds : a car with automatic transmission

automatic

adjective
au·​to·​mat·​ic | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce automatic (audio) \

Kids Definition of automatic

1 : involuntary automatic blinking of eyelids
2 : being a machine or device that allows something to work without being directly controlled by a person an automatic washer

Other Words from automatic

automatically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

automatic

adjective
au·​to·​mat·​ic

Legal Definition of automatic

: happening or existing through the operation of a preexisting arrangement that is triggered by some event specifically : happening or existing through the operation of law automatic reversal an automatic appeal

Other Words from automatic

automatically adverb

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