Adjective "autonomous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a country or region) having the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs.
  1. 'Farmers held protests last week in 11 of the country's autonomous regions, calling for compensation.'
  2. 'By contrast the perspective of creating a separate state or an autonomous region was geared to the requirements of the elite.'
  3. 'The process was designed, in Stalin's words, to produce republics and autonomous regions that were national in form, but socialist in content.'
  4. 'There is no autonomous indigenous community, independent of the state.'
  5. 'Federalism is a trickier concept in the European context because the Member States are not political subdivisions of the Union, but rather sovereign and autonomous entities.'
  6. 'The country is divided into twenty-three provinces, five autonomous regions, and four municipalities.'
  7. 'They have established an alternative system of government with autonomous regions, and district and village level authorities.'
  8. 'The State Council has stipulated that each province, municipality and autonomous region must report on traffic safety every quarter.'
  9. 'school governors are legally autonomous'
  10. 'Buffon was among the first to create an autonomous science, free of any theological influence.'
  11. 'This is quite different from the traditional way in which children grow, become independent and autonomous.'
  12. 'There is no formal independence because the Central Bank is not formally autonomous, but there is a practical independence.'
  13. 'It is an independent inquiry run by an autonomous team.'
  14. 'Since independence, a new autonomous legal system has been developing.'
  15. 'The legislators must be made independent and autonomous.'
  16. 'The academics claim pupils who had been spoon-fed at independent schools were less able to cope with autonomous learning.'
  17. 'They are one of the most autonomous and independent of animals, which is why you don't find a wolf act at the circus.'
  18. 'The government should not force us to act in our own best interests but leave us free to make autonomous decisions about how to live our lives, with all the risks that involves.'
  19. 'Yet the autonomous individual, gloriously independent in his decisionmaking, can easily seem to be a fantasy.'
  20. 'These things are now being used as AUVs, autonomous underwater vehicles.'
  21. 'If conforming documents are presented, the bank owes an autonomous duty to the beneficiary to make payment to it at the place designated for payment.'
  22. 'Being free but not autonomous is a condition Kant called heteronomous.'
  23. 'The human subject, conceived as a unitary self capable of autonomous action and meaningful moral judgement, is one such fiction with which we have deceived ourselves.'


1. Government. self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only. pertaining to an autonomy, or a self-governing community.

2. having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent: a subsidiary that functioned as an autonomous unit.

3. (of a vehicle) navigated and maneuvered by a computer, without a need for human control or intervention under normal road conditions: autonomous vehicle.

4. Biology. existing and functioning as an independent organism. gro

More examples(as adjective)

"fields can be autonomous from fields."

"people can be autonomous in makings."

"syntaxs can be autonomous with respects."

"states can be autonomous of modes."

"states can be autonomous from interests."

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Early 19th century: from Greek autonomos ‘having its own laws’ + -ous.