Essential Meaning of autonomy
1 : the state of existing or acting separately from others : independence a teacher who encourages individual autonomy
2 : the power or right of a country, group, etc., to govern itself The territory has been granted autonomy.
Full Definition of autonomy
1 : the quality or state of being self-governing especially : the right of self-government The territory was granted autonomy.
2 : self-directing freedom and especially moral independence personal autonomy
3 : a self-governing state
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