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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek, from automatos; AUTOMATIC1

automaton

noun
     
au‧tom‧a‧ton plural automata or automatons [countable]
1 a machine, especially one in the shape of a human, that moves without anyone controlling it [= robot]
2 someone who seems unable to feel emotions or to think about what they are doing

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