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mechanical

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of mechanical

  1. 1 done instantly and without conscious thought or decision the waiter's mechanical reply of “Everything on the menu is good” Synonyms of mechanical instinctive, instinctual, involuntary, knee-jerk, mechanic, automatic, robotic, spontaneousWords Related to mechanical conditioned, natural, Pavlovian, reactive, reflex, simple, subliminal, unconscious, unforced, visceral; blind, inadvertent, unintended, unintentional, unwilling, unwitting; abrupt, quick, ready, sudden; ad-lib, extemporaneous, extempore, impromptu, improvised, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, snap, spur-of-the-moment, unconsidered, unplanned, unpremeditated, unprepared, unprompted, unreasoned, unrehearsed, unstudied; casual, chance, chancy, haphazard, hasty, hit-or-miss, impetuous, impulsive, mindless, random, rashNear Antonyms of mechanical calculated, conscious, cultivated, deliberate, designed, intended, intentional, predetermined, prepared, projected, refined, rehearsed, volitional, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful); advised, aforethought, careful, considered, foresighted, forethoughtful, measured, meticulous, reasoned, studied, thoughtfulAntonyms of mechanical nonmechanical

  2. 2 lacking in natural or spontaneous quality a somewhat mechanical vocal performance Synonyms of mechanical affected, assumed, bogus, contrived, factitious, fake, false, feigned, forced, artificial, mock, phony (also phoney), plastic, pretended, pseudo, put-on, sham, simulated, spurious, strained, unnaturalWords Related to mechanical automatic, canned, concocted, fabricated, hokey, labored, manufactured, pat, unauthentic, unreal, unrealistic; double-dealing, empty, facile, hollow, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, two-faced, unctuous; exaggerated, histrionic, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, theatrical (also theatric); cute, cutesy, genteel, goody-goody, mincing, overrefined, simpering; conventional, formal, impersonal, inflexible, rigid, stiff, stylized, wooden; artful, calculated, conscious, cultivated, deliberate, premeditated, studiedNear Antonyms of mechanical authentic, bona fide, real, realistic, right, true; honest, ingenuous, sincere, unpretending; easy, effortless, smooth; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, unconscious, unprompted, unrehearsed, unstudiedAntonyms of mechanical artless, genuine, natural, spontaneous, unaffected, uncontrived, unfeigned, unforced

Synonym Discussion of mechanical

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


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