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automaton (noun) a machine that moves on its own (without human control), like a robot; a person who does things mechanically, without thinking or feeling.
A machine that can move independently of human control is an automaton. A robot is an automaton. An automaton can perform tasks assigned to it if it is electronically programmed. A person who behaves like a machine and has no thinking or feeling is also an automaton.
- Not very far of is the future when automaton will be in use in most households to perform all kinds of chores, even during the absence of the inmates of houses.
- The scientist Tom Michael is just an automaton. All that he cares about is his research and does not just bother whatever happens to his wife and children.