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heteronomous

[ het-uh-ron-uh-muhs ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒn ə məs /
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adjective
subject to or involving different laws.
pertaining to or characterized by heteronomy.
Biology. subject to different laws of growth or specialization.
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Origin of heteronomous

First recorded in 1815–25; heteronom(y) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM heteronomous

het·er·on·o·mous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for heteronomous

heteronomous
/ (ˌhɛtəˈrɒnɪməs) /

adjective
subject to an external law, rule, or authorityCompare autonomous
(of the parts of an organism) differing in the manner of growth, development, or specialization
(in Kant's philosophy) directed to an end other than duty for its own sakeCompare autonomous (def. 4b)

Derived forms of heteronomous

heteronomously, adverbheteronomy, noun
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Medical definitions for heteronomous

heteronomous
[ hĕt′ə-rŏnə-məs ]

adj.
Differing in development or manner of specialization.

Other words from heteronomous

het′er•ono•my n.
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