heteronomy

noun
het·​er·​on·​o·​my | \ ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-nə-mē How to pronounce heteronomy (audio) \

Definition of heteronomy

: subjection to something else especially : a lack of moral freedom or self-determination

First Known Use of heteronomy

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heteronomy

heter- + -nomy (as in autonomy)

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