Definition of semiautonomous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsemēôˈtänəməs/
Pronunciation: /ˌsemīôˈtänəməs/


1(Of a country, state, or community) having a degree of, but not complete, self-government: Russia’s semiautonomous republics
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  • On March 31 he declared that the semi-autonomous republic would hold a referendum to ‘help determine who the population of Adjaria actually supported.’
  • As polities, colleges and universities bear more than a passing resemblance to federations of small, semi-autonomous republics - in this case the departments that make up their main subdivisions.
  • They had sufficient space to erect semi-autonomous communities, which practiced a version of Christianity that addressed their particular needs as slaves and fostered aspirations for freedom.
2Acting independently to some degree: semiautonomous working groups
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  • This is eerily akin to the deus-ex climaxes to movies like Independence Day, in which a semi-autonomous, broad-reaching hunk of malware is tricked into self-destructing.
  • Three years ago, the municipality and the hospital entered into an agreement that opened the home to semi-autonomous elders and provided 24-hour care.
  • Well, by all but the leading lady naturally, as her semi-autonomous corpse is lead around from scene to scene by poor Timothy, mustering as much dignity as he can manage.

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Syllabification: sem·i·au·ton·o·mous

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