noun plural but singular in construction Etymology: Greek kybernētēs pilot, governor (from kybernan to steer, govern) + English -ics Date: 1948 the science of communication and control theory that is concerned especially with the comparative study of automatic control systems (as the nervous system and brain and mechanical-electrical communication systems) • cybernetic also cybernetical adjectivecybernetically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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