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

Definition of heteronomous

: subject to external controls and impositions

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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, "The limitations of the human mind," 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, "In the Auto Industry, the Future Is Software—Not Machinery," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of heteronomous

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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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 19 Sep. 2020.

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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

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