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autonomy (ɔːˈtɒnəmɪ Pronunciation for autonomy



(plural) -mies
  1. the right or state of self-government, esp when limited
  2. a state, community, or individual possessing autonomy
  3. freedom to determine one's own actions, behaviour, etc
  4. (philosophy)
    1. the doctrine that the individual human will is or ought to be governed only by its own principles and laws See also categorical imperative
    2. the state in which one's actions are autonomous

Derived Forms

auˈtonomist noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek autonomia freedom to live by one's own laws; see autonomous


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= independence, freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, self-government, self-rule, self-sufficiency, home rule, rangatiratanga,

Translations for 'autonomy'

  • British English: autonomyPronunciation for autonomy If a country, person, or group has autonomy, they control themselves rather than being controlled by others.Activists stepped up their demands for local autonomy.ɔːˈtɒnəmɪ NOUN
  • Arabic: حُكْم ذاتِيّPronunciation for حُكْم ذاتِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: autonomiaPronunciation for autonomia
  • Chinese: 自治Pronunciation for 自治
  • Croatian: autonomijaPronunciation for autonomija
  • Czech: autonomiePronunciation for autonomie
  • Danish: selvstyrePronunciation for selvstyre
  • Dutch: autonomiePronunciation for autonomie
  • European Spanish: autonomíaPronunciation for autonomía
  • Finnish: autonomiaPronunciation for autonomia
  • French: autonomiePronunciation for autonomie
  • German: AutonomiePronunciation for Autonomie
  • Greek: αυτονομίαPronunciation for αυτονομία
  • Italian: autonomiaPronunciation for autonomia
  • Japanese: 自治国家Pronunciation for 自治国家
  • Korean: 자치권Pronunciation for 자치권
  • Norwegian: selvstyrePronunciation for selvstyre
  • Polish: autonomiaPronunciation for autonomia
  • Portuguese: autonomiaPronunciation for autonomia
  • Romanian: autonomie autonomii
  • Russian: автономияPronunciation for автономия
  • Spanish: autonomíaPronunciation for autonomía
  • Swedish: självstyrePronunciation for självstyre
  • Thai: การปกครองตนเองPronunciation for การปกครองตนเอง
  • Turkish: özerklikPronunciation for özerklik
  • Ukrainian: автономія
  • Vietnamese: quyền tự trịPronunciation for quyền tự trị

Example Sentences Including 'autonomy'

A man automatically alternates between needing intimacy and autonomy.
John Gray MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS: Get seriously involved with the classic guide to surviving the opposite sex (2002)
A minority of East Timorese, mostly local officials, favour autonomy.
Independent (1999)
But the Shia Muslims who dominate the south and the northern Kurds are more likely to want a federation, allowing some ethnic autonomy.
Globe and Mail (2003)
By then however, the drive to autonomy in the Basque region may be unstoppable.
Belfast Telegraph (2005)
If the Corsicans want more autonomy , Mr Jospin said, they must stop violence.
Irish Times (2002)
In this scenario, autonomy becomes little more than having the technical skills to navigate institutional procedures.
Spiked (2003)
So we hand them over,' his companion continued, amiably, `we give him his autonomy.
Nicola Barker BEHINDLINGS (2002)
`You can have a degree of autonomy -- I'll grant you that -- but you'll--' The last of Stephanie's fragile patience disintegrated.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)


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