immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
autonomy, self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency(noun)
Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.
The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.
The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.
Origin: From αὐτονομία, from αὐτόνομος, from αὐτός + νόμος. See auto- and -nomy.
the power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state
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
Origin: [Gr. : cf. F. autonomie. See Autonomous.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
aw-ton′om-i, n. the power or right of self-government: (Kant's philos.) the doctrine that the human will carries its guiding principle within itself.—adjs. Auton′omous, Autonom′ic. [Gr.—autos, and nomos, law.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in the Kantian metaphysics denotes the sovereign right of the pure reason to be a law to itself.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Autonomy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4711
Rank popularity for the word 'Autonomy' in Nouns Frequency: #1992
The numerical value of Autonomy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Autonomy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The board gave me full autonomy and freedom to manage the company.
So if they (Chinese authorities) think it is about independence, he (Dalai Lama) says it's about autonomy, we only support autonomy ... then I think there is an opportunity to find common ground.
The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.
Markets and financial speculation cannot enjoy absolute autonomy, we cannot wait any longer to resolve the structural causes of poverty in order to cure our society of an illness that can only lead to new crises.
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Translations for Autonomy
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- الحكم الذاتيArabic
- автономия, независимост, самостоятелностBulgarian
- autonomy, autonomiaCatalan, Valencian
- územní samospráva, autonomieCzech
- autonomia, itsehallintoFinnish
- fèin-ùghdarrasScottish Gaelic
- sjálfræði, sjálfsstjórnIcelandic
- 자율성, 자치, 자율Korean
- mana motuhakeMāori
- selvstyre, sjølstyre, autonomiNorwegian
- sjølvstyre, autonomiNorwegian Nynorsk
- tự trịVietnamese
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