- subject to another's laws or rule
- subject to different laws of growth; differentiated or specialized, as some parts or organs are
Origin of heteronomousfrom hetero- + Classical Greek nomos, law (see -nomy) + -ous
- Subject to external or foreign laws or domination; not autonomous.
- Biology Differing in development or structure.
Origin of heteronomoushetero- Greek nomos law ; see -nomy . -ous
(comparative more heteronomous, superlative most heteronomous)