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autopilot (n.)

also auto-pilot, 1917, originally in airplanes, from auto- + pilot (n.). Figurative use (of persons, behaviors) by 1996.

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Definitions of autopilot from WordNet

autopilot (n.)
a cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness;
she talked and he dozed and my mind went on autopilot
Synonyms: automatic pilot
autopilot (n.)
a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course;
Synonyms: automatic pilot / robot pilot
From wordnet.princeton.edu