I'm wondering how the usage of "robotic" differs that of "roboticized". In particular, urban dictionary says the latter means transitioned from a non-robotic to a robotic state. So, I feel if something is "robotic", a robot had been attached to it from scratch. However, if something is "roboticized", it had been initially created like a manual entity, and the robot part is latter added to it. Then, I also checked the "roboticized" entry of lexico, in which it is defined as a science fiction term. So, I am not sure whether it would be a right choice for scientific literature. Interestingly, Ngram Viewer depicts zero usage of "roboticized" after 2012.

So, the two-fold question is what the difference between these two are, and whether or not "roboticized" is obsolete.

  • Google Books Ngram Viewer doesn't show anything after 2012 (if I recall correctly that was when the world ended). Try using COCA or iWeb.
    – user3395
    Apr 25, 2020 at 15:00
  • First, I would compare robotic with robotized. Note the different spelling of the latter. Although roboticized does exist in Oxford, it doesn't exist in Merriam-Webster, so it's not as widely used, at least in the US. Having said that, Ngram Viewer shows the same thing for robotized too, so it might not matter in terms of the actual answer to the question. (Interestingly, mechanized also has the same drop in usage.) Apr 25, 2020 at 15:43

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"Robotic" is defined as:

1 : of or relating to mechanical robots 2 : having the characteristics of a robot, e.g., performs with robotic consistency

"Robotics" is derived from "robotic" and is defined as:

: technology dealing with the design, construction, and operation of robots in automation

It wouldn't be used to discuss turning someone or something into a robot. That would be "Robiticize," which is not included in M-W, but it's elsewhere defined as an alternate version of "robotize," a transitive verb defined as:

1 : to make automatic : equip with robots 2 : to turn (a human being) into a robot

I'd say that any of these terms is fine in science literature, although I'd use 'robotize' before 'roboticize.' And I'd avoid Urban Dictionary for standard definitions; it's a valuable resource but it also focuses on slang, common usage, and popular culture. It can be hard to distinguish a slang definition from a standard definition accepted in scholarly journals.

PS: An interesting side note on 'robot' is that it was coined in 1920 by a Czech author, Karel Čapek, in his play R.U.R., an early sci-fi examination of the human vs. robot theme. The word itself is derived from a Czech word meaning "serf," or "slave."

Merriam-Webster definition links:



Your Dictionary link:


Wiki article on R.U.R:


MIT Tech Review - Urban Dictionary


This is somewhat confusing. I don’t believe that “roboticized” is an actual word. 🤨

Robotic and Robotize are words though. Robotic general refers to something that IS or LIKE a robot. Robotize refers to being TURNED INTO a robot or robot-like.

  • I feel like robotocize is a mundane synonym for automate. If you replace most of your workers with robots, you've roboticized your workplace, right? I think to robotize a workforce means to literally turn them into robots, like Dr. Who's Cybermen. Apr 25, 2020 at 23:49
  • @OwenReynolds - OTOH one can automate without using robots May 31, 2020 at 19:21

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