from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being autonomous; independence.
- n. Self-government or the right of self-government; self-determination.
- n. Self-government with respect to local or internal affairs: granted autonomy to a national minority.
- n. A self-governing state, community, or group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.
- n. The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.
- n. The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.
- n. The status of a church whose highest-ranking bishop is appointed by the patriarch of the mother church, but which is self-governing in all other respects. Compare autocephaly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state.
- n. The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The power or right of self-government, whether in a community which elects its own magistrates and makes its own laws, or in an individual who acts according to his own will.
- n. A self-governing community.
- n. An autonomous condition; the condition of being subject only to its own laws; especially, in biology, organic independence.
- n. In the philos. of Kant, the doctrine that the moral law is one which reason imposes upon itself a priori, that is, independently of sense and sense-experience, and is therefore absolute and immutable: opposed to heteronomy (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. personal independence
- n. immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
Greek autonomiā, from autonomos, self-ruling; see autonomous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek αὐτονομία (autonomia), from αὐτόνομος (autonomos), from αὐτός (autos, "self") + νόμος (nomos, "law"). See auto- ("self") and -nomy ("a system of rules or laws about a particular field"). (Wiktionary)