from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being autonomous; independence.
- n. Self-government or the right of self-government; self-determination.
- n. Self-government with respect to local or internal affairs: granted autonomy to a national minority.
- n. A self-governing state, community, or group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.
- n. The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.
- n. The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.
- n. The status of a church whose highest-ranking bishop is appointed by the patriarch of the mother church, but which is self-governing in all other respects. Compare autocephaly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state.
- n. The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The power or right of self-government, whether in a community which elects its own magistrates and makes its own laws, or in an individual who acts according to his own will.
- n. A self-governing community.
- n. An autonomous condition; the condition of being subject only to its own laws; especially, in biology, organic independence.
- n. In the philos. of Kant, the doctrine that the moral law is one which reason imposes upon itself a priori, that is, independently of sense and sense-experience, and is therefore absolute and immutable: opposed to heteronomy (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. personal independence
- n. immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
The term autonomy is most apt: its Greek roots essentially mean "being a law unto oneself."
The authors use the term autonomy, but it is clear that they mean to include and accord full measure in rule-setting to such nations as China and Russia.
Given that I think the Senate Democrats will want some increased autonomy from the Executive, my own wisdom tells me that Schumer would be elected as their next Leader.
Sargent Shriver fought hard for autonomy from the foreign policy establishment, and even received this encouragement from Vice President Johnson:
The societies that flourished there maintained certain autonomy with respect to these great developments.
Two independent nation states with full autonomy is not apartheid.
I live in a small community and privacy and autonomy is just not possible here.
Masculinity is steeped in autonomy and independence.
Certainly, autonomy is a recurring theme in my books, as is perseverance and our ability to triumph over adversity.
I will certainly agree that Catholics are more culpable and that a radical form of autonomy is usually to blame.