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Definition of Automation

(noun) The act or process of replacing human workers with machines so that tasks can be performed automatically.

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Etymology of Automation

Automation Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌɔdəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˌɔdoʊˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˌɑdəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˌɑdoʊˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˌɔːtəˈmeɪʃn/
  • Syllabification: (au·to·ma·tion)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: automations
  • Not to be confused with mechanization, which is using machinery and equipment to replace human or animal labor to improve accuracy and speed.
  • Also called automatic control.

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Works Consulted

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Cite the Definition of Automation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “automation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/automation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

automation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/automation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “automation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/automation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“automation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/automation/>.