noun (plural autonomies)[mass noun]
- 1The right or condition of self-government: between the First and Second World Wars, Canada gained greater autonomy from BritainMore example sentences
- Its aim was to suspend the moves towards separation for three months, whilst negotiating greater autonomy within a federal structure.
- This allowed for greater autonomy within the boundaries of the Federal Republic.
- A former province of a state is being prepared for substantial autonomy and self-government.
- 1.1 [count noun] A self-governing country or region: the national autonomies of the Russian RepublicMore example sentences
- New accommodations for mixed federalisms, regional autonomies, and neo-nationalisms will be equally needed.
- Their ultimate objective may be securing some form of statehood for them as autonomies or federation components.
- To accelerate the transition we'll promote ‘shadow laws' that protect our autonomies from state or market intrusions and slowly reduce the political centre to nothing but administrative functions.
- 1.2Freedom from external control or influence; independence: the courts enjoy a considerable degree of autonomy economic autonomy is still a long way off for many womenMore example sentences
- There is a price to be paid for foreign capital, in terms of loss of national economic autonomy, freedom of decision, and sovereignty.
- Personal freedom, individual autonomy and maximum access to information have long been seen as desirable ends in themselves.
- And do we want to start down that slippery slope to losing control of our hard-won autonomy?
- 1.3(In Kantian moral philosophy) the capacity of an agent to act in accordance with objective morality rather than under the influence of desires.More example sentences
- This section began with a question about the relations among Kantian views of autonomy, rationality, and agential separateness.
- It is therefore consonant with, indeed an expression of, the personal autonomy that morality should protect and nurture.
- This means that their criterion for resolving doubts, their criterion of private perfection, is autonomy rather than affiliation to a power other than themselves.
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- But it's also going to be a political encounter between different strands of the movement - NGO people, autonomists, environmentalists, the radical left, trade unionists.
- Both autonomists and reformists also share the idea of an autonomous social movement.
- Many of the same debates go on, for example, between socialists who stress the role of the organised working class and autonomists who counterpose the actions of small minorities.
early 17th century: from Greek autonomia, from autonomos 'having its own laws', from autos 'self' + nomos 'law'.