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Automaton (uh-TOM-uh-tahn) Noun: -A mechanism that is relatively self-operating; especially a robot. -A machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions. -An individual who acts in a mechanical fashion. -A moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being. -A machine that performs a function according to a predetermined set of coded instructions, especially one capable of a range of programmed responses to different circumstances. From Latin via Greek, neuter of automatos 'acting of itself', from autos ‘self'. First Known Use: 1611 Used in a sentence: "I simply refuse to be an automaton for those Orwellian corporate overlords, now get out of my room, Mom!”

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