heteronomous

adjective
het·​er·​on·​o·​mous | \ ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-nə-məs How to pronounce heteronomous (audio) \

Definition of heteronomous

: subject to external controls and impositions

Examples of heteronomous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Torah mi’Sinai is a form of heteronomous law, a structure of law that operates independent of any individual or group. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 14 June 2021 Torah mi-Sinai is a form of heteronomous law, a structure of law that operates independent of any individual or group. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 8 July 2019 At least for the next decade or three, autonomous cars will have to contend with the many heteronomous cars already on American roads, including those driven by a very common form of idiot who hooks a left in front of oncoming traffic. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, 28 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'heteronomous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of heteronomous

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About heteronomous

Time Traveler for heteronomous

Time Traveler

The first known use of heteronomous was circa 1871

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near heteronomous

Heteroneura

heteronomous

heteronomy

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for heteronomous

Cite this Entry

“Heteronomous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteronomous. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for heteronomous

heteronomous

adjective
het·​er·​on·​o·​mous | \ ˌhet-ə-ˈrän-ə-məs How to pronounce heteronomous (audio) \

Medical Definition of heteronomous

: specialized along different lines of growth or under different controlling forces in most segmented animals…the segmentation is heteronomous— Libbie H. Hyman

Other Words from heteronomous

heteronomously adverb

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!