What does autonomous mean?

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ɔˈtɒn ə məsau·ton·o·mous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereignadjective

    (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

    "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"

  2. autonomousadjective

    existing as an independent entity

    "the partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous jute economies"

  3. autonomous, self-directed, self-reliantadjective

    (of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment


  1. autonomousadjective

    Self-governing. Governing independently.

  2. autonomousadjective

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

  3. autonomousadjective

    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).

  4. Etymology: See autonomy and -ous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Autonomousadjective

    independent in government; having the right or power of self-government

  2. Autonomousadjective

    having independent existence or laws

  3. Etymology: [Gr. ; self + to assign, hold, sway.]

Editors Contribution

  1. autonomous

    The ability, trust and power to make intelligent choices.

    The region was autonomous and they had the power and trust to make their own intelligent choices.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  
  2. autonomous

    The legislative ability, choice, power and authority to govern.

    The region has autonomous authority to govern.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'autonomous' in Adjectives Frequency: #965

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of autonomous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of autonomous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of autonomous in a Sentence

  1. President Truman:

    Facts First : Denmark's annual subsidy to Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, is for less than $ 600 million.According to a representative from Greenland's Ministry of Finance, Head of Division Anders Fonnesbech-Wulff, the grant for 2019 is expected to amount to 3.86 billion Danish kroner( DKK), which is approximately $ 573 million. The amount has increased slightly over the years, from $ 547 million( 3.68 billion DKK) in 2016 to $ 553 million( 3.72 billion DKK) in 2017 to $ 568 million( 3.82 billion DKK) in 2018. All US dollar amounts are based on the Tuesday exchange rate.Greenland and TrumanTrump said that President Truman wanted to buy Greenland from Denmark, which is true. But he also said.

  2. Hendrith Smith:

    The way we license people and register vehicles will become obsolete soon. We will need to design a new system that is based on autonomous tech, safer cars and more streamlined infrastructure.

  3. Tsedale Lemma:

    The TPLF formed the rest of the parties -- they don't have an autonomous existence.

  4. Russ Versaggi of Tampa:

    I’m excited to take my first ride with autonomous vehicles. I think it’s the future and I think it’s very exciting.

  5. Caching Louise Jandura:

    The hardware performed as commanded but the rock did not cooperate this time. It reminds me yet again of the nature of exploration. A specific result is never guaranteed no matter how much you prepare, despite this result, science and engineering have progressed. We achieved the first complete autonomous sequence of our sampling system on Mars within the time constraints of a single Sol. This bodes well for the pace of our remaining science campaign. We are looking forward to the next sampling attempt in South Seitah, anticipated in early September.

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