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[het-uh-ron-uh-muh s]
  1. subject to or involving different laws.
  2. pertaining to or characterized by heteronomy.
  3. Biology. subject to different laws of growth or specialization.
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Origin of heteronomous

First recorded in 1815–25; heteronom(y) + -ous
Related formshet·er·on·o·mous·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Heteronomous, het-er-on′o-mus, adj. differentiated from a common type: subject to the rule of another.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • Heteronomous: if two parts, compared with each other, are of different quality: differing in development or function.

  • An heteronomous becoming is to be traced back to the becoming of the cause which produces it.

    The Reform of Education

    Giovanni Gentile

British Dictionary definitions for heteronomous


  1. subject to an external law, rule, or authorityCompare autonomous
  2. (of the parts of an organism) differing in the manner of growth, development, or specialization
  3. (in Kant's philosophy) directed to an end other than duty for its own sakeCompare autonomous (def. 4b)
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Derived Formsheteronomously, adverbheteronomy, noun
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heteronomous in Medicine


  1. Differing in development or manner of specialization.
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Related formshet′er•ono•my n.
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