Autonomous meaning

ô-tŏnə-məs
Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent.

An autonomous judiciary; an autonomous division of a corporate conglomerate.

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Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed.
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Self-governing. Intelligent, sentient, self-aware, thinking, feeling, Governing independently.
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Acting on one's own or independently; of a child, acting without being governed by parental or guardian rules.
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The definition of autonomous is a person or entity that is self-controlling and not governed by outside forces.

An example of autonomous is a government that can run itself without aid from an outside country.

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Autonomic.
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Of or having to do with an autonomy.
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(Celtic linguistics, of a verb form) Used with no subject, indicating an unknown or unspecified agent; used in similar situations as the passive in English (the difference being that the theme in the English passive construction is the subject, while in the Celtic autonomous construction the theme is the object and there is no subject).
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Origin of autonomous

  • From Greek autonomos auto- auto- nomos law nem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See autonomy and -ous.

    From Wiktionary