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autarky

or au·tar·chy

[ aw-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈɔ tɑr ki /
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noun, plural au·tar·kies.

the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation.
a national policy of economic independence.

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Origin of autarky

First recorded in 1610–20; from Greek autárkeia, “self-sufficiency,” equivalent to aut- aut- + arke-, stem of arkeîn “to be strong enough, suffice” + -ia -ia
au·tar·kic, au·tar·ki·cal, adjectiveau·tar·ki·cal·ly, adverbau·tar·kist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autarky

autarky
/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -kies

(esp of a political unit) a system or policy of economic self-sufficiency aimed at removing the need for imports
an economically self-sufficient country
autarkic, adjectiveautarkist, noun
C17: from Greek autarkeia, from autarkēs self-sufficient, from auto- + arkein to suffice
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