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

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heteronomous was circa 1871

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“Heteronomous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteronomous. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


het·​er·​on·​o·​mous ˌhet-ə-ˈrän-ə-məs How to pronounce heteronomous (audio)
: specialized along different lines of growth or under different controlling forces
in most segmented animals … the segmentation is heteronomousLibbie H. Hyman
heteronomously adverb
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