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Meaning of AUTONOMY

Pronunciation:  o'tânumee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
  2. [n]  personal independence

AUTONOMY is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: liberty, self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency
 See Also: independence, independency, self-determination, self-government, self-rule



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Au*ton"o*my\, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. autonomie. See
1. The power or right of self-government; self-government, or
   political independence, of a city or a state.

2. (Metaph.) The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of
   morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give
   law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the
   true nature and only possible proof of liberty. --Fleming.

 Definition: taking commands from only one authoritative source, oneself, and rejecting all attempts to override one's autonomy. Moral autonomy entails making the final decisions about what one should do. Political autonomy entails having the liberty to act upon the decision one has made.
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