What is a word that means "like a machine"? By this, I don't mean "robotic", nor "mechanical"—that implies stiff and repetitive, and I'm thinking more along the lines of how one would behave and carry themself. I want a synonym for "machine-like" that can be used to describe someone who is precise, resolute, and stoic. For describing something like, say, an army.

Example sentence: "He was so incredibly disciplined, many described him as [x]."

  • Not mechanical, that implies stiff and repetitive, thinking more along the lines of how one would behave and carry themself Mar 15, 2018 at 23:55
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    Single word requests require a sample sentence so that it can be seen what part of speech is needed and how it will be used.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 16, 2018 at 0:00
  • I think "mechanistic" is the word you are looking for. But we do have a rule that questioners seeking a word should provide a sample sentence, with a blank space where such word might be inserted.
    – WS2
    Mar 16, 2018 at 0:00
  • Edited to include example sentence (not a great example, but best I could think of) Mar 16, 2018 at 0:03

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I think methodical and self-disciplined both fit your meaning.

From the Collins online dictionary:

methodical:If you describe someone as methodical, you mean that they do things carefully, thoroughly, and in order.)

self-disciplined: Someone who is self-disciplined has the ability to control themselves and to make themselves work hard or behave in a particular way without needing anyone else to tell them what to do.


How about "phlegmatic"? It means "not easily excited" or "calm" http://www.dictionary.com/browse/phlegmatic

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