- 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.
- autonomic neurogenic bladder,
- autonomic plexus,
- autonomous phoneme,
- autonomous syntax,
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
Word Origin 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.