Definition of autonomous
1a : having the right or power of self-government an autonomous territoryb : undertaken or carried on without outside control : self-contained an autonomous school system
2a : existing or capable of existing independently an autonomous zooidb : responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole an autonomous growth
3 : controlled by the autonomic nervous system
4 : of, relating to, or marked by autonomy
Examples of autonomous in a Sentence
Native American nations are regarded as autonomous in many respects and thus not subject to a number of state and local laws.
Recent Examples of autonomous from the Web
Semi-autonomous robots can now deliver pizza, groceries and other small items for a minimal fee to Ohio customers' doors, thanks to budget language authorizing personal delivery devices to roam sidewalks alongside pedestrians.
There’s no way to tell who will be a winner in the crowded, competitive field of companies developing software to control autonomous vehicles.
Hong Kong has always existed as an autonomous territory independent of China and allowed to grow as its own country.
An anti-capitalist religious fundamentalist who holds the idea that maybe the only thing possible now is for there to be little autonomous pockets where people lead more intentional lives, and the big picture kind of goes on.
The robots achieved 90% autonomous driving, successfully navigating the sidewalk, avoiding obstacles, passing pedestrians, checking for traffic and completing a successful delivery for a senior citizen living nearby.
The international Maritime Organization is mapping out how regulations could be drawn around emerging autonomous shipping vessel technology.
Apple in April, for example, became licensed to test-drive autonomous vehicles on California roadways.
Saenko adds that a relation network could one day help study social networks, analyze surveillance footage, or guide autonomous cars through traffic.
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Synonym Discussion of autonomous
AUTONOMOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of autonomous for English Language Learners
: existing or acting separately from other things or people
: having the power or right to govern itself
Medical Definition of autonomous
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