automatous

automaton

[aw-tom-uh-ton, -tn]
noun, plural automatons, automata [aw-tom-uh-tuh] .
1.
a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
2.
a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
3.
something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.

Origin:
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
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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]
 
au'tomatous
 
adj

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automaton
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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