meaning of autonomous

autonomous meaning in General Dictionary

Independent in government having the right or energy of self government

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  • (of political systems) perhaps not controlled by outside causes
  • present as an independent entity
  • (of people) free from external control and constraint in e.g. activity and judgment
  • Independent in federal government; getting the right or power of self-government.
  • Having separate existence or laws and regulations.

autonomous meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1800, from Greek autonomos "having an individual's own legislation," of animals, "feeding or varying at might," from autos "self" (see auto-) + nomos "law" (see numismatics). Compare privilege. Pre-owned mostly in metaphysics and politics; see autonomic.


autonomous meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Independent in government; having the right or power of self-government.

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  • (a.) Having separate presence or legislation.

Sentence Examples with the word autonomous

God, they hold, is the sole creator and ruler -of the world; yet man is free, autonomous - God is not responsible for men's faults (Ecclus.

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