Definition of AUTONOMY

the act or power of making one's own choices or decisions <the director agreed to make the film only on the condition that she be given complete autonomy for the casting>
the state of being free from the control or power of another <finding the mother country's treatment of them oppressive and intolerable, the 13 British colonies made the momentous decision to seek autonomy>
Antonyms dependence (also dependance), heteronomy, subjection, unfreedom

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