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self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only.
pertaining to an autonomy, or a self-governing community.

having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent:
a subsidiary that functioned as an autonomous unit.

existing and functioning as an independent organism.
growing naturally or spontaneously, without cultivation.

(of a community, country, etc) possessing a large degree of self-government
of or relating to an autonomous community
independent of others

acting or able to act in accordance with rules and principles of one’s own choosing
(in the moral philosophy of Kant, of an individual’s will) directed to duty rather than to some other end Compare heteronomous (sense 3) See also categorical imperative

(biology) existing as an organism independent of other organisms or parts
a variant spelling of autonomic (sense 3)

1800, from Greek autonomos “having one’s own laws,” of animals, “feeding or ranging at will,” from autos “self” (see auto-) + nomos “law” (see numismatics). Cf. privilege. Used mostly in metaphysics and politics; see autonomic.


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