Definition of Autonomous

1. Adjective. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces. "A sovereign state"

Exact synonyms: Independent, Self-governing, Sovereign
Similar to: Free
Derivative terms: Autonomy, Independence

2. Adjective. Existing as an independent entity. "The partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous jute economies"
Similar to: Independent
Derivative terms: Autonomy

3. Adjective. (of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment.
Exact synonyms: Self-directed, Self-reliant
Similar to: Independent
Derivative terms: Autonomy, Self-reliance

Definition of Autonomous

1. a. Independent in government; having the right or power of self-government.

Definition of Autonomous

1. Adjective. Self-governing. Governing independently. ¹

2. Adjective. Acting on one's own or independently; of a child, acting without being governed by parental or guardian rules. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: Celtic linguistics of a verb form) Used with no subject, indicating an unknown or unspecified agent; used in similar situations as the passive in English (the difference being that the theme in the English passive construction is the subject, while in the Celtic autonomous construction the theme is the object and there is no subject). ¹

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Definition of Autonomous

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Autonomous

1. 1. Independent in government; having the right or power of self-government. 2. Having independent existence or laws. Origin: Gr.; self + to assign, hold, sway. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Autonomous

autonomic nervous system
autonomic nervous system diseases
autonomic neurogenic bladder
autonomic neuropathy
autonomic nuclei
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autonomic pathways
autonomic plexus
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autonomous (current term)
autonomous communities
autonomous community
autonomous psychotherapy
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Literary usage of Autonomous

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1. Lectures on Plant Physiology by Ludwig Jost (1907)
"We cannot prove it, but we think it is extremely likely, that autonomous movements are also induced, but by internal rather than external stimuli. ..."

2. Treaties and Agreements with and Concerning China, 1894-1919: A Collection by John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1921)
""We informed the Chinese Dignitary that the autonomous Government of Outer Mongolia agreed to this proposition. " All of which we have the honor to ..."

3. History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, from the Earliest Times Until the by Simon Dubnow (1916)
"CHAPTER III THE autonomous ... Poland and Lithuania, where, during the period of the Reformation, a large autonomous Diaspora center sprang into life. ..."

4. Mathematical Philosophy: A Study of Fate and Freedom; Lectures for Educated by Cassius Jackson Keyser (1922)
"We have seen that an autonomous doctrine,—a doctrine derivable from a doctrinal function by replacing the variables in the postulates with admissible ..."

5. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1917)
"autonomous NEUTRALIZATION THE practical application of the principle of autonomous neutralization is, in certain cases, neither so formidable nor so ..."

6. The Institutes of Law: A Treatise of the Principles of Jurisprudence as by James Lorimer (1880)
"(c) Positive law can spring only from the whole autonomous community which obeys it. Just as we have seen that natural law is the enactment of our whole ..."

7. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Hence the so-called "Mexican Empire" was composed of a confederacy, territorially restricted to the lake basin, and outlying tribes, autonomous but ..."

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