An example of automatic is a vehicle that shifts gears without the driver's action.
An automatic pistol.
An automatic landing.
An automatic light switch; a budget deficit that triggered automatic spending cuts.
An automatic washing machine.
Automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eyes in strong light.
An automatic reply to a familiar question.
An automatic rifle.
- Functioning by or as if by automatic machine or device.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of automatic
- From Greek automatos auto- auto- -matos willing men-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French automatique, from Ancient Greek αὐτόματον (automaton), neuter of αὐτόματος (automatos, “self-moving, moving of oneself, self-acting, spontaneous”), from αὐτός (autos, “self, myself”) + μέμαα (memaa, “to wish eagerly, strive, yearn, desire”).