Definition of autonomy
- The territory was granted autonomy.
- personal autonomy
a teacher who encourages individual autonomy
The territory has been granted autonomy.
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Since nomos is Greek for "law", something autonomous makes its own laws. The amount of autonomy enjoyed by French-speaking Quebec, or of Palestinians in certain towns in Israel, or of independent-minded regions of Russia, have become major issues. The autonomy of individual states in the United States has posed serious constitutional questions for two centuries. The autonomy of children is almost always limited by their parents. But when those parents are elderly and begin driving poorly and getting confused about their finances, their children may see the need to limit their autonomy in much the same way.
: the state of existing or acting separately from others
: the power or right of a country, group, etc., to govern itself
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