• WordNet 3.6
    • adj autonomous (of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment
    • adj autonomous existing as an independent entity "the partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous jute economies"
    • adj autonomous (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces "an autonomous judiciary","a sovereign state"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chameleons change their color by dispersing the concentration of pigment in their skin. This is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Color changes are determined by external factors such as light and temperature as well as emotions. They do not change color to match their background.
    • Autonomous (Biol) Having independent existence or laws.
    • Autonomous Independent in government; having the right or power of self-government.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • autonomous Of or pertaining to autonomy or an autonomy.
    • autonomous Independent in government; having the right of self-government.
    • autonomous Subject to its own laws; specifically, in biology, independent of any other organism; not a form or stage of development of some other organism.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; self + to assign, hold, sway


In literature:

There are also ten of what we call Autonomous Regions.
"Revolution" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
It seeks the creation of an autonomous Shia region comprising nine provinces in the south.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
The numerous free cities were governed according to their own laws, and had the legislative power and magistracy of autonomic states.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
Greece was to be made autonomous under the paramount sovereignty of the Sultan.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
As regards ethics, Baader rejects the Kantian or any autonomic system of morals.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The Spanish population of Cuba opposed autonomy and made the establishment of autonomous governments a farce.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
They wanted no autonomous Macedonia; even less did they want an independent Macedonia.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Each trade or section of a trade has its own particular and autonomous organisation.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
The mechanical intellect becomes dynamical, and the automatic man becomes autonomic.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
The cells or units of the body are generally admitted by physiologists to be autonomous, like the buds on a tree, but in a less degree.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
All hope of universalizing ownership and independence by multiplying small autonomous producers has disappeared.
"Socialism and Democracy in Europe" by Samuel P. Orth
This law springs neither from outside authority nor from experience; it is autonomous.
"Religion and Science" by John Charlton Hardwick
The only city in Japan which promised to grow an autonomous political body thus succumbed to the new unifying force.
"An Introduction to the History of Japan" by Katsuro Hara
Australia is the second autonomous colony of England in extent and importance.
"England, Canada and the Great War" by Louis-Georges Desjardins
And the autonomous "I" exists no longer, except as a unit in the colony of cells which are "We.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
The common tie that bound together the thirteen autonomous states into one was the Diet or Tagsatzung.
"The Story of Switzerland" by Lina Hug
It divides itself between the Atlantic and Pacific into various subsidiary companies, each fairly autonomous.
"Our Railroads To-Morrow" by Edward Hungerford
The ten ancient cities flourished under an almost autonomous rule.
"Alsace-Lorraine" by Daniel Blumenthal
The slow autonomous movement of the leaf may sometimes prove to be a contributory factor.
"Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The country round Kodungalur now forms an autonomous principality, tributary to the raja of Cochin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various

In news:

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad and Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region accused each other Thursday of rushing troops into disputed border regions amid heightened tensions between the rival governments.
The Washington, DC, city council is mulling a bill that would soon allow autonomous, driverless cars to operate on district roadways.
Quadrocopters that can play catch with each other are providing a glimpse at the future of coordinated, autonomous drone technology.
1920 Treaty of Sevres, which carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I, calls for the creation of an autonomous Kurdish state.
Researchers are working on software that ultimately could allow drones to work autonomously to hunt, target and kill enemy forces.
The Kiva system uses movable storage shelves that can be lifted by small, autonomous robots.
Curiosity 's Cousins: Autonomous Polar Robots Explore Earth's Extremes.
The last time we saw AlphaDog, Darpa 's quadrupedic, autonomous robo-beast designed to haul military gear, the big lug was scampering around in the lab.
Autonomous Diagnostics to Enable Prevention and Therapeutics.
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
BAGHDAD—Iraq's top military spokesman says that Iraqi and Kurdish security officials have reached an agreement to defuse tension between the central government and the self-ruled autonomous region over disputed northern areas.
An engineering group says 75% of cars with be autonomous by 2040.
They say that insurgent groups raise and spend money autonomously for the most part, with little centralized coordination or direction.
BAGHDAD—A senior official says Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has headed to the Kurdish autonomous region to calm tensions after clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi forces.
On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1298, which affirms that so call autonomous vehicles are legal in California, while requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish and enforce safety regulations for manufacturers.

In science:

One of the benefits from this new technic is the possibility to solve the problem of macro-kinetic in cases when there are no autonomous equations of macro-kinetic for moment variables.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
The notion of the invariant film of non-equilibrium states, and the method of its approximate construction allow us to solve the problem of macro-kinetic even in cases when there are no autonomous equations of macro-kinetic.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
IMPACT Agent Development Environment (IADE for short) which is used by the developer to build and compile agents, and 2. the run-time part that allows the agent to autonomously update its reasonable status set and execute actions as its state changes.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
It is not suitable for running autonomous agents in a real environment.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
In particular, when scripted dialogues are generated by a Natural Language Generation system, the generator can apply revision strategies that cannot normally be used when the dialogue results from an interaction between autonomous agents (i.e., when the dialogue is not scripted).
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
The starting point is the use of two autonomous agents, say A and B .
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
We notice that the discrete time result can be however of autonomous interest.
Change point models and conditionally pure birth processes; an inequality on the stochastic intensity
We consider scalar autonomous problems, with the aim of computing the solution at the end point of the interval of integration.
Improved Bounds on the Randomized and Quantum Complexity of Initial-Value Problems
We study in Section 6 the complexity of computing the solution of a scalar autonomous problem at one single point.
Improved Bounds on the Randomized and Quantum Complexity of Initial-Value Problems
In this section, we study the solution of a scalar autonomous problem.
Improved Bounds on the Randomized and Quantum Complexity of Initial-Value Problems
Theorem 3 Consider the scalar autonomous problem described in the beginning of this section, with a right-hand side f in the class ˆF r,ρ .
Improved Bounds on the Randomized and Quantum Complexity of Initial-Value Problems
Swift is completely autonomous and will do all of the observations without help from the ground.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
Using deconvolution coupled to a cleaning step plus back pro ject, the completely autonomous imaging software locates about half the events to within 1.25 arcmin and 90% with 3 arcmin.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
Given that the full width half maximum (FWHM) of the point spread function is 17 arcmin, this is a remarkable achievement for completely autonomous imaging software on a 25 MHz processor.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
The main point to prove Theorem 4.5 is to observe that the evolution of ˆµN is described, thanks to Itˆo’s calculus, by an autonomous differential equation.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices