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

Synonyms & Antonyms for automatic

Synonyms: Adjective

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 President Biden withdrew his nomination of David Chipman, a former federal agent who had promised to crack down on the use of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity gun magazines, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Kabul's streets are again clogged with traffic, as Taliban fighters patrol in pickup trucks and police vehicles — brandishing their automatic weapons and flying the Taliban's white flag. Kathy Gannon, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2021 Kabul’s streets are again clogged with traffic, as Taliban fighters patrol in pickup trucks and police vehicles — brandishing their automatic weapons and flying the Taliban’s white flag. Kathy Gannon, chicagotribune.com, 5 Sep. 2021 The killings sparked changes to gun laws in New Zealand, which has now banned the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons. Nick Perry, ajc, 4 Sep. 2021 The killings sparked changes to gun laws in New Zealand, which has now banned the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons. Nick Perry, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2021 On balance, however, the shock of January 6 may have expanded the scope for significant gun-control legislation—in particular, more rigorous background checks and a federal ban on assault weapons, automatic weapons, and high-capacity magazines. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2021 Benedict Arnold, who’s already wiped out the Continental Congress with automatic weapons, turns into a werewolf and kills Lincoln. John Anderson, WSJ, 29 June 2021 Two men were arrested with loaded semi-automatic weapons outside the convention center where ballots were being counted. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Renting a manual car in Lisbon for a week runs $475 right now, for example, vs. $734 for an automatic. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 Power is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic, which has been specially calibrated for SVR duty. Michael Harley, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 In our test, an example equipped with the standard dual-clutch automatic, which will be available in California, reached 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 15 June 2021 Lesser models ditch the turbo and the dual clutch for a 191-hp 2.5-liter and a conventional eight-speed automatic. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 10 Aug. 2021 Front-drive Taoses have a torsion beam rear suspension and conventional eight-speed automatic. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 These base prices include a six-speed manual transmission; upgrading to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic adds $800. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 14 July 2021 Unlike McLaren’s previous hybrids, the P1 and Speedtail, the Artura’s AC motor is integrated with the new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 19 May 2021 Mated to an eight-speed automatic, the engine can generate 631 hp and 626 ft lbs of torque—90 horses and 59 ft lbs more than the previous top-tier Turbo Coupé. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 30 June 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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“Automatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/automatic. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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automatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of automatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having controls that allow something to work or happen without being directly controlled by a person
: 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 sense 1 automatic blinking of eyelids
2 : being a machine or device that allows something to work without being directly controlled by a person

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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