Definitions for Autonomyɔˈtɒn ə mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

au•ton•o•myɔˈtɒn ə mi(n.)(pl.)-mies.

  1. independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions.

  2. the condition of being autonomous; self-government or the right of self-government; independence.

    Category: Government

  3. a self-governing community.

    Category: Government

Origin of autonomy:

1615–25; < Gk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. autonomy, liberty(noun)

    immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence

  2. autonomy, self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency(noun)

    personal independence

Wiktionary

  1. autonomy(Noun)

    Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.

  2. autonomy(Noun)

    The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.

  3. autonomy(Noun)

    The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.

  4. Origin: From αὐτονομία, from αὐτόνομος, from αὐτός + νόμος. See auto- and -nomy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Autonomy(noun)

    the power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state

  2. Autonomy(noun)

    the sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty

Freebase

  1. Autonomy

    Autonomy is a concept found in moral, political, and bioethical philosophy. Within these contexts, it is the capacity of a rational individual to make an informed, un-coerced decision. In moral and political philosophy, autonomy is often used as the basis for determining moral responsibility for one's actions. One of the best known philosophical theories of autonomy was developed by Kant. In medicine, respect for the autonomy of patients is an important goal of deontology, though it can conflict with a competing ethical principle, namely beneficence. Autonomy is also used to refer to the self-government of the people.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Autonomy

    in the Kantian metaphysics denotes the sovereign right of the pure reason to be a law to itself.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Autonomy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4711

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Autonomy' in Nouns Frequency: #1992


Translations for Autonomy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

autonomy(noun)

the power or right of a country etc to govern itself.

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