from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: an autonomous judiciary; an autonomous division of a corporate conglomerate.
- adj. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed.
- adj. Independent of the laws of another state or government; self-governing.
- adj. Of or relating to a self-governing entity: an autonomous legislature.
- adj. Self-governing with respect to local or internal affairs: an autonomous region of a country.
- adj. Autonomic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Self-governing. Intelligent, sentient, self-aware, thinking, feeling, Governing independently.
- adj. Acting on one's own or independently; of a child, acting without being governed by parental or guardian rules.
- adj. Used with no subject, indicating an unknown or unspecified agent; used in similar situations as the passive in English (the difference being that the theme in the English passive construction is the subject, while in the Celtic autonomous construction the theme is the object and there is no subject).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Independent in government; having the right or power of self-government.
- adj. Having independent existence or laws.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to autonomy or an autonomy.
- Independent in government; having the right of self-government.
- Subject to its own laws; specifically, in biology, independent of any other organism; not a form or stage of development of some other organism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
- adj. (of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment
- adj. existing as an independent entity
From Greek autonomos : auto-, auto- + nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See autonomy and -ous. (Wiktionary)