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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The unrest was a sharp challenge not only to Hong Kong’s leaders but to Mr. Xi, who has sought to expand Beijing’s influence in the semiautonomous region but now faces a turbulent political crisis with no signs of abating. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislature, Dividing the Movement," 1 July 2019 Removing the semiautonomous region from the statistics would give the yuan an international share just south of the Polish zloty’s 0.53%. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Trump’s Most Powerful Weapon in the U.S.-China Trade Fight," 27 June 2019 Civil liberties in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997, have been eroding in recent years. Mike Ives,, "Hong Kong official defends police’s use of force against protesters," 19 June 2019 International pressure on Hong Kong is mounting after police Wednesday deployed tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters opposing a controversial extradition bill that would tighten Beijing’s hold on the semiautonomous territory. Amy Gunia, Time, "International Pressure Is Growing on Hong Kong Over the Controversial Extradition Bill," 13 June 2019 The former British colony was returned to China in 1997, when Beijing agreed to guarantee its semiautonomous legal system for the next 50 years. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Hong Kong stocks fall as huge protests hit financial center," 12 June 2019 For many in the local film industry, the case is emblematic of how Hong Kong, a semiautonomous city of about seven million, is struggling to maintain its cultural influence at a time when Beijing’s soft power is increasingly dominant. New York Times, "A Crackdown on Film Props Angers Hong Kong’s Cinephiles," 1 June 2018 If true, that crash would be the second accident this year that has occurred when a Tesla was operating in the semiautonomous driving mode. Peter Holley,, "Pravda: Elon Musk's solution for punishing journalists," 24 May 2018 Autopilot is a semiautonomous mode that can automatically change lanes and speeds based on conditions, along with maintaining the proper distance between cars and proper lane positioning. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "NTSB ‘unhappy’ with Tesla release of investigative information in fatal crash," 1 Apr. 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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