- self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only.
- pertaining to an autonomy, or a self-governing community.
- existing and functioning as an independent organism.
- growing naturally or spontaneously, without cultivation.
Origin of autonomous
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|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
New York cannot be personified; it is not an autonomous entity.
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?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since then, it has been part of Ukraine, but as an autonomous republic.Vladimir Putin’s Seizure of Crimea Is Based on Pure Fiction|Oleg Shynkarenko|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By 2026, a chart he included noted, we could have “100% autonomous penetration, utopian society.”
The whole of Attica was divided into one hundred communal districts, so-called demoi, every one of which was autonomous.The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State|Frederick Engels
If it be taken in its strict acceptation of autonomous state sovereignty, the exception is somewhat of a truism.
The "autonomous state of Epirus," another outcome of the Balkan troubles, has given us some quaint stamps.The Postage Stamp in War|Fred. J. Melville
The leaf of Mimosa has, moreover, as I shall show, an autonomous movement of its own.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
In the autonomous towns factions had arisen as fierce as those of the cities of Italy.The History of England|T.F. Tout
British Dictionary definitions for autonomous
Word Origin for autonomous
Word Origin and History for autonomous
1800, from Greek autonomos "having one's own laws," of animals, "feeding or ranging at will," from autos "self" (see auto-) + nomos "law" (see numismatics). Cf. privilege. Used mostly in metaphysics and politics; see autonomic.