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 Tuesday’s lockdown of the Hotel Fortuna comes on the heels of a two-day testing drive of the semiautonomous city’s roughly 600,000 residents amid a resurgence of cases. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, 21 June 2022 Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine roiled energy markets, Hong Kong, a semiautonomous city in southern China, was one of the most expensive places in the world to fill up a tank. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The semiautonomous city, which until January had logged less than 13,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, is now discovering 6,000 a day. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 18 Feb. 2022 Unlike other places facing a surge of the Omicron variant, Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese city, cannot choose to live with the virus; Beijing continues to demand local elimination. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The selling point is that small, semiautonomous drones are a fraction of the price of, say, a much larger Predator drone, which can cost tens of millions of dollars, and don’t require an experienced pilot to fly them by remote control. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 Even without the Covid crisis, headhunters were having trouble bringing talent to Hong Kong because of Beijing's growing oversight of the semiautonomous territory. Allison Morrow, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Iraq's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the legal justifications for the semiautonomous region's oil policy, effectively calling into question the future of the region's oil contracts, exports and revenue. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 Earlier that year, Modi’s government unilaterally revoked the semiautonomous status of Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of semiautonomous

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiautonomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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