Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being automatic; automatic action.

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  • noun The ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low level details required.
  • noun medicine The ability of the heart muscles to contract independently of each other when separated or in unison when reattached in whole or in groups

Etymologies

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Examples

  • My recollection is that all those who spoke, including the UK representative, but excluding Negroponte of the US, accepted that there was no "automaticity" - ie that the matter would have to be considered further before military steps were taken.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Study co-author Chen-Bo Zhong told the Financial Post that "logos or other situational cues all have the same type of effect of" automaticity "-- [triggering] regulatory behaviour that is beyond our control."

    The Consumerist

  • The Russian government, the French government believing that they have enough assurances that there is no so-called automaticity, no trigger immediately for a U.S. military attack.

    CNN Transcript Nov 8, 2002

  • -- We heard loud and clear during the negotiations the concerns about "automaticity" and "hidden triggers" - the concern that on a decision so crucial we should not rush into military action; that on a decision so crucial any Iraqi violations should be discussed by the Council.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • On 8 November 2002, immediately after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1441, Russia, the People's Republic of China, and France issued a joint statement declaring that Council Resolution 1441 did not authorize any "automaticity" in the use of force against Iraq, and that a further Council resolution was needed were force to be used.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • Along with misspelling Alex I forgot to mention 'There is no "automaticity" in this Resolution.'

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • If you're right, then the resolution would involve "automaticity": force could lawfully be used on the 9th November 2002.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • If accurate, though, these 70+% numbers suggest that more--and more deftly handled--statesmanship may well have been able to win UN, or at least NATO, approval for a second resolution with "automaticity".

    March 2003 ~ Angry Bear

  • Much of what we think of as spontaneous behavior actually contains a significant degree of what’s called automaticity.

    Be Excellent at Anything

  • Much of what we think of as spontaneous behaviors actually contain a significant degree of what’s called automaticity.

    The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

Comments

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  • Ears can be very useful, too.

    October 18, 2008

  • I don't text while driving. I do listen to the radio.

    October 18, 2008

  • Claws can be very useful.

    October 17, 2008

  • Here we go again...

    October 17, 2008

  • How do bears text while driving? I thought you don't have opposable thumbs.

    October 17, 2008

  • Well, at least four people beat me to it, oroboros! :)

    October 17, 2008

  • You beat me to this c_b. I wrote it down too but then dallied. Snooze ya looze, eh?

    Edit: I should have said you beat me to the comment!

    October 17, 2008

  • Heard this used on NPR this morning in a piece about the science behind doing other stuff while driving (such as texting).

    October 16, 2008