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autonomy (ɔːˈtɒnəmɪ



(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


View thesaurus entry
= independence, freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, self-government, self-rule, self-sufficiency, home rule, rangatiratanga (New Zealand)

Translations for 'autonomy'

  • British English: 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 ذاتِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: autonomia
  • Chinese: 自治
  • Croatian: autonomija
  • Czech: autonomie
  • Danish: selvstyre
  • Dutch: autonomie
  • European Spanish: autonomía
  • Finnish: autonomia
  • French: autonomie
  • German: Autonomie
  • Greek: αυτονομία
  • Italian: autonomia
  • Japanese: 自治国家
  • Korean: 자치권
  • Norwegian: selvstyre
  • Polish: autonomia
  • Portuguese: autonomia
  • Romanian: autonomie autonomii
  • Russian: автономия
  • Spanish: autonomía
  • Swedish: självstyre
  • Thai: การปกครองตนเอง
  • Turkish: özerklik
  • Ukrainian: автономія
  • Vietnamese: quyền tự trị

Example Sentences Including 'autonomy'

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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