Autonomy meaning

ô-tŏnə-mē
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(mechanics) The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.
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The definition of autonomy is independence in one's thoughts or actions.

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.

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The condition or quality of being autonomous; independence.
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(philosophy) The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.
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Any state that governs itself.
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(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.
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A self-governing state, community, or group.
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The fact or condition of being autonomous; self-government; independence.
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Origin of autonomy

  • Greek autonomiā from autonomos self-ruling autonomous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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”).

    From Wiktionary