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autonomous Syllabification: au·ton·o·mous
Pronunciation: /ôˈtänəməs/

Definition of autonomous in English:

adjective

1(Of a country or region) having self-government, at least to a significant degree: the federation included sixteen autonomous republics
More example sentences
  • They have established an alternative system of government with autonomous regions, and district and village level authorities.
  • The process was designed, in Stalin's words, to produce republics and autonomous regions that were national in form, but socialist in content.
  • It resembles more a treaty between separate autonomous nation states than a real binding constitution for a single European state.
1.1Acting independently or having the freedom to do so: an autonomous committee of the school board autonomous underwater vehicles
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  • These things are now being used as AUVs, autonomous underwater vehicles.
  • The legislators must be made independent and autonomous.
  • It is an autonomous independent body and received its official recognition early in its existence, in 1958.
Synonyms
1.2(In Kantian moral philosophy) acting in accordance with one’s moral duty rather than one’s desires.
Example sentences
  • If there is any scope for the will, Vernant notes, it is certainly not autonomous will in the Kantian sense, but a will bound by fear of divine powers, if not actually coerced by them.
  • Being free but not autonomous is a condition Kant called heteronomous.
  • If conforming documents are presented, the bank owes an autonomous duty to the beneficiary to make payment to it at the place designated for payment.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek autonomos 'having its own laws' + -ous.

Words that rhyme with autonomous

bonhomous, heteronomous

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