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au·ton·o·my

autonomy

 
 
pronunciation:
aw ta n mi
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part of speech: noun
inflections: autonomies
definition 1: freedom and independence; self-governance.
The small nation fought hard to achieve autonomy from its colonial rulers.Most children eventually want autonomy even while they are still highly dependent on their parents.
synonyms:
freedom, independence
similar words:
home rule, liberty, nationhood, self-determination, self-government, self-rule, sovereignty
definition 2: a group or state that is free, independent, and self-governing.
The island nation is now an autonomy and proud of its independence.
synonyms:
sovereignty
similar words:
democracy, nation
Word Parts  About this feature
The word autonomy contains the following parts:
aut, auto Greek prefix that means self
nom2, nomo, -nomy Greek root that means law, system of laws