robotic

Something is robotic if it moves or behaves like a machine. If you express no emotion and do things in an automatic-seeming way, your friends might say you're robotic.

The adjective robotic can describe something related to the use of robots, like a robotic technique for dismantling a bomb or a robotic tool for surgery. Often, it's used to describe a person who reminds you of a robot: "She gets good grades, but she's so robotic! All she does is work — never has any fun!" Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov is credited with the first use of robotic in 1941.

Definitions of robotic
  1. adjective
    resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine
    synonyms: automatic, automatonlike, machinelike, robotlike
    mechanical
    using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices
  2. adjective
    of or relating to mechanical robots
    “among our robotic devices is a vacuum cleaner”
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