What does Autonomy mean?

Definitions for Autonomyɔˈtɒn ə mi

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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


  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

  3. Origin: [Gr. : cf. F. autonomie. See Autonomous.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Autonomy

    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

  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Autonomy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Autonomy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aldemir Bendine:

    The board gave me full autonomy and freedom to manage the company.

  2. Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo:

    The government believes that federal prosecutors must act with autonomy.

  3. Sadiq Khan:

    On behalf of all Londoners, I am demanding more autonomy for the capital - right now.

  4. Abengoa Yield:

    We want to reinforce our autonomy from Abengoa to become a completely independent company.

  5. Alicia Barcena:

    It is an unavoidable requirement for their economic autonomy as well as for the achievement of gender equality.

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