semi·​au·​ton·​o·​mous | \ ˌse-mē-ȯ-ˈtä-nə-məs How to pronounce semiautonomous (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiautonomous

: largely self-governing within a larger political or organizational entity

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Recent Examples on the Web Eyewitnesses said that the fire in northern Iraq’s Sharya camp, in the semiautonomous Kurdish region, ripped through the tents at frightening speed. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 The semiautonomous vehicles were engineered by Kiwibot, a company started in 2017 to game-change the food delivery landscape. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, 4 June 2021 The government calls the Proud Boys a neo-fascist organization with semiautonomous chapters located in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, 3 Feb. 2021 The city, a semiautonomous Chinese territory since the British handed back its former colony in 1997, played by its own set of rules., 22 Apr. 2021 The election process has been deadlocked since last fall when the leaders of Puntland and Jubaland, two of Somalia’s five semiautonomous federal states, first accused Mr. Mohamed of using the national intelligence agency to rig the voting system. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021 The political crackdown has drawn flak mainly from Western governments, which accused China of violating its pledges to allow Hong Kong’s governance to remain semiautonomous until at least 2047. Keith Zhai, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2021 For the past three decades, semiautonomous Hong Kong has been the only place on Chinese soil allowed to openly hold a mass memorial. Time, 4 June 2020 Francis’s outdoor Mass in Irbil, capital of the semiautonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, had nearly the attendance of the Super Bowl, but in a dramatically smaller stadium; few were wearing masks. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of semiautonomous

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiautonomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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