A young adult from a strict household who is now living on her own for the first time is an example of someone experiencing autonomy.
- the fact or condition of being autonomous; self-government; independence
- pl. -·mies any state that governs itself
Origin of autonomyClassical Greek autonomia
- The condition or quality of being autonomous; independence.
- a. Self-government or the right of self-government; self-determination.b. Self-government with respect to local or internal affairs: granted autonomy to a national minority.
- A self-governing state, community, or group.
Origin of autonomyGreek autonomia, from autonomos, self-ruling; see autonomous.
(countable and uncountable, plural autonomies)
- Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.
- (philosophy) The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.
- (mechanics) The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.
- (Christianity) 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 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”).