Definitions

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  • adjective Like an automaton; robotic.

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  • adjective resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine

Etymologies

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automaton +‎ -like

Examples

  • One factor that may make it more palatable and not so cloying is that Karim is experiencing these feelings and situations for the first time, yet reacts in a way that not even an average fifteen-year-old in a coming-of-age story would, because he's not solely an innocent -- he's nearly a machine, and the novel is the story of his deepening resistance to that automatonlike sensibility.

    Anis Shivani: The Best Post-9/11 Novel: Huffington Post Interviews Teddy Wayne, Author of "Kapitoil"

  • Beyond displaying the kind of parenting that helped make his daughter the automatonlike workaholic depicted in the profile, Mr. Dyson misses the point.

    From a New Media Prophetess,A Staid Old Media Product

  • I kept them at the proper level, and when they reached the forward edge of the altar I cooperated with the summoning spell, increasing the force of each automatonlike step that I took.

    Trumps of Doom

  • a calm, impassive, unemotional sternness about all that he said and did -- official, automatonlike -- that precluded the possibility of any jest or meaningless form.

    Shapes that Haunt the Dusk

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