- self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only.
- pertaining to an autonomy, or a self-governing community.
- existing and functioning as an independent organism.
- growing naturally or spontaneously, without cultivation.
Origin of autonomous
OTHER WORDS FROM autonomousau·ton·o·mous·ly, adverb non·au·ton·o·mous, adjective non·au·ton·o·mous·ly, adverb non·au·ton·o·mous·ness, noun
Words nearby autonomous
Example sentences from the Web for autonomous
Finally free of Japanese interference, Korea elected its first autonomous government in almost half a century.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea |Rich Goldstein |December 30, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
New York cannot be personified; it is not an autonomous entity.New York Is Taylor Swift’s New Boyfriend |Amy Zimmerman |October 28, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Our aim is that one day the mission will be autonomous, but we have a long way to go to reach that.Are European Rescuers Enticing Migrants to Their Deaths? |Barbie Latza Nadeau |September 7, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Since then, it has been part of Ukraine, but as an autonomous republic.Vladimir Putin’s Seizure of Crimea Is Based on Pure Fiction |Oleg Shynkarenko |March 18, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
By 2026, a chart he included noted, we could have “100% autonomous penetration, utopian society.”Tesla Looks Like a Bubble, Will It Pop? |Daniel Gross |March 1, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
The whole of Attica was divided into one hundred communal districts, so-called demoi, every one of which was autonomous.The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State |Frederick Engels
If it be taken in its strict acceptation of autonomous state sovereignty, the exception is somewhat of a truism.
The "autonomous state of Epirus," another outcome of the Balkan troubles, has given us some quaint stamps.The Postage Stamp in War |Fred. J. Melville
The leaf of Mimosa has, moreover, as I shall show, an autonomous movement of its own.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919 |Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
In the autonomous towns factions had arisen as fierce as those of the cities of Italy.The History of England |T.F. Tout
British Dictionary definitions for autonomous
- acting or able to act in accordance with rules and principles of one's own choosing
- (in the moral philosophy of Kant, of an individual's will) directed to duty rather than to some other endCompare heteronomous (def. 3) See also categorical imperative