Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To render mechanical; reduce to a mechanical level or status.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cause to become mechanical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make mechanical.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

mechanical +‎ -ize

Examples

  • It appears to make secular or mechanicalize their profession, to rob preaching of its sacrosanctity, leave it less authority by making it more intelligible, remove it from the realm of the mystical and unique.

    Preaching and Paganism

  • We could wish they had not gone so far to mechanicalize the pupil's enunciation; by too freely introducing throughout the points of inflection; but it is safe to predict that most pupils will take up with interest the simplified readings in science; that they will comprehend and remember a useful portion of what they read; that the lessons will afford both them and the teachers points of suggestion from which the mind can profitably be led out to other knowledge and its connections; and that they who go through the series can at least leave school with some more distinct ideas as to what the fields of human knowledge are, and what they embrace, than was ever possible under the _régime_ of merely fine writing, of pathetic, poetic, and generally miscellaneous selections.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 6, June, 1862 Devoted To Literature and National Policy

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