What does autonomy mean?

Definitions for autonomy
ɔˈtɒn ə miau·ton·o·my

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autonomy, libertynoun

    immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence

  2. autonomy, self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiencynoun

    personal independence


  1. autonomynoun

    Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.

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

  2. autonomynoun

    The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.

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

  3. autonomynoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Autonomynoun

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

    Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. autonomie. See Autonomous.]

  2. Autonomynoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. autonomy

    The power or right of self-government. This was a privilege jealously preserved in all the important cities of ancient Greece, nearly every one of which was an independent state. The right to make their own laws and elect their own magistrates was also granted by the Romans to some of their cities, and was regarded as a mark of honor.

Editors Contribution

  1. autonomy

    The quality and fact of being autonomous.

    Autonomy is granted to employees as we trust them to make intelligent choices for the shared prosperity of everyone within the company, unity and teamwork makes the plan work.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

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  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

Examples of autonomy in a Sentence

  1. Madison Thomas:

    Hey hey, ho ho, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has got to go what the hearings told me was that our country, our congressmen, value the reputation and the career aspirations of my male classmates, or men, of my assaulter, more than my bodily autonomy.

  2. Pope Francis:

    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.

  3. Sadiq Khan:

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

  4. David Stilwell:

    To date, and then given the retraction of the Extradition Act, the determination is still that Hong Kong is in accordance with the Hong Kong Policy Act, has sufficient autonomy to continue, withdrawing the extradition law is a very positive step.

  5. Tara Rudnicki:

    It’s pretty revolutionary for people to communicate in bed without any interference with anybody else, it improves independency and autonomy; they don’t have to ask somebody for things we take for granted so much every day.

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