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.
The government believes that federal prosecutors must act with autonomy.
On behalf of all Londoners, I am demanding more autonomy for the capital - right now.
We want to reinforce our autonomy from Abengoa to become a completely independent company.
It is an unavoidable requirement for their economic autonomy as well as for the achievement of gender equality.
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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
- خود مختاریUrdu
- tự trịVietnamese
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