robotic

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Coined by Isaac Asimov in his 1941 short story Liar!.

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  • enPR: rō-bot′ik
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹəʊˈbɒt.ɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹoʊˈbɑt.ɪk/ [ɹoʊˈbɑɾɪk]

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robotic ‎(comparative more robotic, superlative most robotic)

  1. Of, relating to, or resembling a robot; mechanical, lacking emotion or personality, etc.
    • 1941 May, Asimov, Isaac, “Liar!”, in Astounding Science-Fiction, volume 27, number 3, page 50:
      You'd cut your own nose off before you'd let me get the credit for solving robotic telepathy.
    • 2000 August 20, James, Caryn, “The Nation; When a Kiss Isn't Just a Kiss”, in The New York Times[1]:
      In Vice President Al Gore's campaign to change his robotic image, nothing may have helped more than the big smooch.

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