Any thing or becoming seen as obtaining the power of spontaneous motion or action
- an individual who acts or reacts in a mechanical or apathetic means
- a mechanism that will go automatically
- Any thing or being viewed as having the power of spontaneous movement or action.
- A self-moving machine, or the one which has its motive power within it self; -- applied chiefly to machines which seem to imitate in an instant the movements of residing beings, including guys, birds, etc.
1610s, from Latin automaton (Suetonius), from Greek automaton, neuter of automatos "self-acting," from autos "self" (see auto-) + matos "thinking, animated, eager," from PIE *mn-to-, from root *men- "to imagine" (see brain (n.)).
(v. i.) Any thing or being seen as getting the energy of natural motion or activity.
- (v. i.) A self-moving machine, or the one which has its own motive power within itself; -- applied chiefly to devices which seem to copy spontaneously the motions of residing beings, eg guys, wild birds, etc.
To regard himself as a conscious automaton he can never be persuaded.