- Having independence or freedom from control by external forces or, in a narrow sense, by the cerebrospinal nerve centers.
* * *au·ton·o·mous ȯ-'tän-ə-məs adj1) of, relating to, or marked by autonomy2 a) not forming a part (as does an embryo or seed) in the developmental sequence of an organismb) responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole <a tumor is an \autonomous growth>3) under control of the autonomic nervous systemau·ton·o·mous·ly adv
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autonomous — UK US /ɔːˈtɒnəməs/ adjective ► independent and having the power to make decisions for yourself: »The company s divisions, which have been largely autonomous up to now, will be centralized under the newly appointed CEO. » The country now has 17… … Financial and business terms
Autonomous — Au*ton o*mous, a. [Gr. ?; ? self + ? to assign, hold, sway.] 1. Independent in government; having the right or power of self government. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Having independent existence or laws. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
autonomous — I (independent) adjective detached, existing as an independent entity, free, free to choose, self contained, self reliant, self sufficient, self supporting, uncoerced, uncompelled, unconstrained, uncontrolled, unrestricted II (self governing)… … Law dictionary
autonomous — (adj.) 1800, from Gk. autonomos having one s own laws, of animals, feeding or ranging at will, from autos self (see AUTO (Cf. auto )) + nomos law (see NUMISMATICS (Cf. numismatics)). Cf. PRIVILEGE (Cf. privilege). Used mostly in met … Etymology dictionary
autonomous — independent, sovereign, *free, autarchic, autarkic … New Dictionary of Synonyms
autonomous — [adj] independent free, self determining, self governing, self ruling, sovereign, uncontrolled; concept 554 Ant. dependent, subject … New thesaurus
autonomous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ self governing or independent. DERIVATIVES autonomously adverb … English terms dictionary
autonomous — [ô tän′əməs] adj. [Gr autonomos, independent < autos, self + nomos, law: see NOMY] 1. of or having to do with an autonomy 2. a) having self government b) functioning independently without control by others 3. Biol … English World dictionary
autonomous — autonomously, adv. /aw ton euh meuhs/, adj. 1. Govt. a. self governing; independent; subject to its own laws only. b. pertaining to an autonomy. 2. having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent: a subsidiary that functioned as … Universalium
autonomous — [[t]ɔːtɒ̱nəməs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n An autonomous country, organization, or group governs or controls itself rather than being controlled by anyone else. They proudly declared themselves part of a new autonomous province. Syn:… … English dictionary
autonomous — adjective Etymology: Greek autonomos independent, from aut + nomos law more at nimble Date: 1800 1. of, relating to, or marked by autonomy 2. a. having the right or power of self government b. undertaken or carried on without … New Collegiate Dictionary