- self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only.
- pertaining to an autonomy, or a self-governing community.
- having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent: a subsidiary that functioned as an autonomous unit.
- (of a vehicle) navigated and maneuvered by a computer without a need for human control or intervention under a range of driving situations and conditions: an autonomous vehicle.
- existing and functioning as an independent organism.
- growing naturally or spontaneously, without cultivation.
Origin of autonomous
1790–1800; < Greek autónomos “with laws of one's own, independent,” equivalent to auto- auto-1 + nóm(os) “law, custom” + -os adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for autonomous
Finally free of Japanese interference, Korea elected its first autonomous government in almost half a century.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
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Our aim is that one day the mission will be autonomous, but we have a long way to go to reach that.Are European Rescuers Enticing Migrants to Their Deaths?
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Since then, it has been part of Ukraine, but as an autonomous republic.Vladimir Putin’s Seizure of Crimea Is Based on Pure Fiction
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By 2026, a chart he included noted, we could have “100% autonomous penetration, utopian society.”Tesla Looks Like a Bubble, Will It Pop?
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First, we must respect one another as autonomous, deciding persons.Herein is Love
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But the autonomous activity was revived by the action of light on the pulvinule.Life Movements in Plants
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At last their ideal of autonomous Bohemia seemed at the point of realization.
And the autonomous "I" exists no longer, except as a unit in the colony of cells which are "We."Unicorns
- (of a community, country, etc) possessing a large degree of self-government
- of or relating to an autonomous community
- independent of others
- biology existing as an organism independent of other organisms or parts
- a variant spelling of autonomic (def. 3)
C19: from Greek autonomos living under one's own laws, from auto- + nomos law
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Word Origin and History for autonomous
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