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noun (pl2=automata)
  1. A machine, robot, or formal system designed to follow a precise sequence of instructions.
Due to her strict adherence to her daily schedule, Jessica was becoming more and more convinced that she was an .
A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on 'til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. - Thomas Jefferson
  1. A toy in the form of a mechanical figure
    Etymology: From Ancient Greek (automaton), neutral of (automatos) "selfmoving, moving of oneself, self-acting, spontaneous", from (autos) "self, myself" + (memaa) "to wish eagerly, strive, yearn, desire".

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