[ het-uh-ron-uh-mee ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒn ə mi /


the condition of being under the domination of an outside authority, either human or divine.

Nearby words

  1. heterometropia,
  2. heteromorphic,
  3. heteromorphosis,
  4. heteromorphous,
  5. heteronomous,
  6. heteronormative,
  7. heteronym,
  8. heteronymous,
  9. heteronymous diplopia,
  10. heteronymous hemianopsia

Origin of heteronomy

First recorded in 1815–25; hetero- + -nomy

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Word Origin and History for heteronomy



1798, "subjection to the rule of another power," from hetero- + Greek nomos "law" (see numismatics). Related: Heteronomic; heteronomous.

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