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 Hong Kong police moved swiftly Wednesday to enforce China’s new national security rules with the first arrests under the law, as the city immediately felt the chilling effect of Beijing’s offensive to quash dissent in the semiautonomous territory. Vivian Wangand Alexandra Stevenson,, "In Hong Kong, arrests and fear mark first day of new security law," 1 July 2020 The new law drew protests by 27 countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for undermining the freedoms and semiautonomous status of the Asian financial center. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kongers fear drastic law marks ‘before’ and ‘after’," 1 July 2020 In Hong Kong, for example, authorities in the semiautonomous Chinese region use wrist monitors and phone apps to make sure visitors stick to two weeks in quarantine. NBC News, "New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to quarantine visitors from coronavirus hot spots," 24 June 2020 Washington has also taken a tough stance on Beijing’s actions in the semiautonomous territory Hong Kong. Amy Gunia, Time, "Lawmakers Form Global Coalition to Tackle the China 'Challenge'," 5 June 2020 The public displays of anger and grief took on greater meaning this year amid a push by China to impose broad new security measures that take direct aim at the semiautonomous territory’s antigovernment demonstrations. Austin Ramzy,, "Defying Beijing, thousands in Hong Kong hold Tiananmen vigil," 4 June 2020 The semiautonomous territory continued to flourish as a global financial center while running many of its own affairs, despite China’s control over its defense and foreign relations. Washington Post, "What is happening in Hong Kong?," 21 May 2020 The proposal, announced Thursday, reignited the fear, anger, and protests over the creeping influence of China’s authoritarian government in the semiautonomous region. Keith Bradsher,, "China moves to impose new Hong Kong security laws, tightening its control," 21 May 2020 The arrests signaled a broader crackdown on the antigovernment movement that roiled the semiautonomous city last year, one of the most significant challenges to Communist Party rule in decades. Austin Ramzy,, "Amid pandemic, Hong Kong arrests major pro-democracy figures," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of semiautonomous

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiautonomous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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