If I have a process which is automated (I have a laundry separator which creates piles based on reflective light wavelengths and material density), can I then say that today I did laundry automatedly? I wouldn't say automatically; that particular word's definition is overloaded. One might think that I came home and tended to my laundry without thought.

Instead I would like to describe this action being done by an automatic machine. This particular word does not seem to have a bona fide definition anywhere.

  • Automation refers to the machine or process, not to the operator. It's a little awkward to use it to refer to describe how you did laundry. Consider saying that you used the automated laundry instead.
    – Lawrence
    Apr 3, 2017 at 19:06
  • You your laundry was done robotically.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 3, 2017 at 21:26

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Automatedly is not a word. Consider a different sentence construction. Instead of, "I did laundry automatedly", use "I did laundry using an automatic process". Also it would be more pleasing to the ear to include a definitive article as in, "I did the laundry using an automatic process".


This is an interesting question. Some adverbs sound awkward no matter how you scramble them. When the phraseology strikes you as absurd in a technically correct sentence, you really should consider working around it. As in:

I used the laundry-separating machine to facilitate the process.

Aesthetically speaking, "automatedly" should not even be a word.


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