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

Examples of heteronomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For this reason, the passage from Arab spring to Arab winter should be understood first and foremost as a narrative of self-determination, choice, and consequences, not as a story of heteronomy and external imposition. New York Times, "‘The Arab Winter,’ by Noah Feldman: An Excerpt," 12 May 2020

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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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The first known use of heteronomy was in 1798

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“Heteronomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteronomy. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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