the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation.
a national policy of economic independence.
noun (pl) -kies
(esp of a political unit) a system or policy of economic self-sufficiency aimed at removing the need for imports
an economically self-sufficient country
1610s, “self-sufficiency,” from Greek autarkeia “sufficiency in oneself, independence,” from autarkes “self-sufficient, having enough, independent of others” (also used of countries), from autos “self” (see auto-) + arkein “to ward off, keep off,” also “to be strong enough, sufficient,” from PIE root *ark- “to hold, contain, guard” (see arcane). From a different Greek source than autarchy, and thus the spelling. As a term in international economics, prominent late 1930s. Related: Autarkic.
autecic autecic au·te·cic (ô-tē’sĭk) or au·te·cious (-shəs) adj. Relating to or being a parasite that infects the same host throughout its entire lifecycle.
. adjective a variant spelling of autoecious
. the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host or group of hosts.
a branch of dealing with the individual organism or species in relation to its environment. noun the ecological study of an individual organism or species Compare synecology autecology (ô’tĭ-kŏl’ə-jē) The branch of ecology that deals with the biological relationship between an individual organism or an individual species and its environment. Compare synecology.