in a way that is self-governing or free of outside control; independently:The ideal candidate will be able to work autonomously and without supervision.
with little or no human control or intervention:We have developed a service robot that operates autonomously, in concert with a network of devices in its environment.
as an independent organism:Viruses, on the boundary between living and nonliving, cannot autonomously reproduce but require the biochemistry and structure of a host cell.
naturally or spontaneously, without cultivation:They organized a work day to get rid of the plants growing wildly, autonomously, and unwantedly all around the building.
- non·au·ton·o·mous·ly, adverb
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How to use autonomously in a sentence
On Monday, the Dragon docked itself autonomously with the station, while it orbited Earth at 17,500 mph, and the astronauts sat by, monitoring the spacecraft but staying off the controls.Astronauts on the space station discuss SpaceX’s rocket, sleeping quarters and Baby Yoda | Christian Davenport | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Being able to autonomously fly for hours on end to survey forest fires or even oil pipelines, any kind of long flight ability – that really does sound like the future to me.Leveraging collective intelligence and AI to benefit society | Jason Sparapani | November 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
They’ll have to do it autonomously because communications with Earth will take years to bounce back and forth.We Never Know Exactly Where We’re Going in Outer Space - Issue 92: Frontiers | Caleb Scharf | November 4, 2020 | Nautilus
The software enables Tesla vehicles to autonomously navigate the vast majority of common roadway situations and complete many trips from start to finish.“Oh Jeeeesus”: Drivers react to Tesla’s full self-driving beta release | Timothy B. Lee | October 30, 2020 | Ars Technica
The problem forced the engines to start prematurely, but the rocket’s computers detected the problem and forced the shutdown autonomously.SpaceX swapping out a pair of rocket engines weeks ahead of next astronaut launch | Christian Davenport | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
The two groups operate semi-autonomously but both fall under the leadership of the Quetta Shura leadership council.Pakistan’s Deal With the Devil And The Taliban Shadow Surge | Jacob Siegel | April 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
SGR-A1 scans autonomously, and once it detects suspected intruders alerts the operator.Smoke Rings, Mystery Backpacks and Gun-Toting Robots: The Weird Wartech of the Korean Conflict | Kyle Mizokami | April 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The aim should be to provide the conditions under which a Palestinian state can function autonomously.What We Didn’t Know About Israel’s Agreement to Renew Negotiations with the Palestinians | Elisheva Goldberg | October 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST