[aw-tom-uh-ton, -tn]
noun, plural automatons, automata [aw-tom-uh-tuh] .
a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.

1605–15; < Latin: automatic device < Greek, noun use of neuter of autómatos spontaneous, acting without human agency, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + -matos, adj. derivative from base of memonénai to intend, ménos might, force

automatous, adjective Unabridged
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automaton (ɔːˈtɒməˌtɒn, -tən)
n , pl -tons, -ta
1.  a mechanical device operating under its own hidden power; robot
2.  a person who acts mechanically or leads a routine monotonous life
[C17: from Latin, from Greek, from automatos spontaneous, self-moving]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from L. automaton (Suetonius), from Gk. automaton, neut. of automatos "self-acting," from autos "self" + matos "thinking, animated, willing," from PIE *mn-to-, from base *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)).
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Example sentences
Show us the belly-bomber cuisines and haunted-house automatons.
In reality, insects, reptiles and non-human animals often serve as a more
  practical template for automatons.
In reality, insects, reptiles and nonhuman animals often serve as a more
  practical template for automatons.
Moreover, they can freely resist the hypnotist's suggestions and are far from
  mindless automatons.
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