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the belief in or a movement toward autonomy.
independence or freedom, as of the will or one’s actions:
the autonomy of the individual.
the condition of being autonomous; self-government or the right of self-government:
The rebels demanded autonomy from Spain.
a self-governing community.
Historical Examples

In the face of these circumstances, Blanco organized his autonomist Cabinet.
The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson

For some years he was a leader of the autonomist party, but later identified himself actively with the cause of independence.
The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson

But in their vocabulary it is almost synonymous with autonomist.
Friend Mac Donald Max O’Rell

Velasco’s secretary was an educated Buenos Airean, a liberal, and an autonomist.
The South American Republics Part I of II Thomas C. Dawson

It was the inscrutable tragedy of a great career that he identified himself with the autonomist movement.
The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson

In 1898 two Negroes were serving as secretaries in the autonomist Cabinet.
History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest Edward A. Johnson

Out of the eighty-six communes of Dalmatia, Zadar was the solitary one that was autonomist.
The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2 Henry Baerlein

It was thus at this time that the disintegration of the once influential autonomist party began.
The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson

The autonomist party may not appeal to us and apparently it did not appeal to Nicolo Tommaseo.
The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1 Henry Baerlein

The party in possession of the town council, the autonomist party, would have none of him.
The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2 Henry Baerlein

noun (pl) -mies
the right or state of self-government, esp when limited
a state, community, or individual possessing autonomy
freedom to determine one’s own actions, behaviour, etc

the doctrine that the individual human will is or ought to be governed only by its own principles and laws See also categorical imperative
the state in which one’s actions are autonomous


1620s, of states, from Greek autonomia “independence,” noun of quality from autonomos “independent, living by one’s own laws,” from auto- “self” (see auto-) + nomos “custom, law” (see numismatics). Of persons, from 1803.


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