semi·​au·​ton·​o·​mous ˌse-mē-ȯ-ˈtä-nə-məs How to pronounce semiautonomous (audio)
: largely self-governing within a larger political or organizational entity

Examples of semiautonomous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hong Kong’s semiautonomous status within China means that Chinese citizens need visas to live and work in the city. Joy Dong, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Last year, the Teamsters supported legislation in California to require backup human drivers for semiautonomous trucking services. David Ingram, NBC News, 2 Feb. 2024 In the years since, Xi has led China down an all-the-more ruthless, authoritarian path, tightening his grip on power while quashing the political freedoms of semiautonomous Hong Kong. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 Third Wave provides semiautonomous forklifts that work independently but which are overseen by human controllers who step in when the machines call for help. Paul Berger, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2023 In 2019, the Modi government stunned the world by announcing a constitutional change that revoked Kashmir’s semiautonomous status and transferred it to New Delhi’s direct rule. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 Many members of these groups have distanced themselves from the Palestinian Authority, the semiautonomous institution that administers parts of the West Bank and cooperates with the Israeli security forces to curb violence in the territory. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2023 For decades, India administered its portion as a semiautonomous region while its army fought a separatist insurgency that was supported by many Muslims there and often backed by Pakistan. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 The Joint Arctic Command, which is part of Denmark’s defense forces, announced in a social media post on Thursday that the ship, named the Ocean Explorer, was finally pulled free at high tide in Greenland, which is a semiautonomous territory of Denmark. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semiautonomous was in 1893

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“Semiautonomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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