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- a gyroscopic instrument that automatically keeps an aircraft, missile, etc. to a predetermined course and attitude
- a way of acting that involves habit and little or no thought or concentration: a bedtime routine performed largely on automatic pilot
- A navigation mechanism, as on an aircraft, that automatically maintains a preset course.
- A state of mind in which one acts without deliberate effort or self-awareness: “men who are, sexually speaking, on automatic pilot” (Gloria Steinem).