- self-sufficiency; independence
- economic self-sufficiency, esp. on a national basis; national policy of getting along without imports
Origin of autarkyClassical Greek autarkeia, self-sufficiency from autos, self + arkein, to achieve, suffice: see exercise
nounpl. au·tar·kies, or au·tar·chies
- A policy of national self-sufficiency and nonreliance on imports or economic aid.
- A self-sufficient region or country.
Origin of autarkyGreek autarkeia self-sufficiency from autarkēs self-sufficient auto- auto- arkein to suffice
- au·tar′kic au·tar′ki·cal
Ancient Greek αὐτάρκεια (autarkia, “self sufficiency”).