• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heteronomy (Metaph) A term applied by Kant to those laws which are imposed on us from without, or the violence done to us by our passions, wants, or desires.
    • Heteronomy Subordination or subjection to the law of another; political subjection of a community or state; -- opposed to autonomy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heteronomy Subordination or subjection to a law imposed by another or from without: opposed to autonomy.
    • n heteronomy Specifically, in the Kantian ethics, subjection of the will to the control of the natural appetites, passions, and desires, instead of to the moral law of reason.
    • n heteronomy In biology, the state of divergent modification in parts that exhibit general homology or homonomy. When the serially homologous, or homonomous, segments of an annelid are modified in different ways they may be said to exhibit heteronomy in so far as their modifications are under consideration. Heteronomy is the secondary, or adaptive, complication of homonomy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heteronomy subordination to law imposed by another:—opposed to Autonomy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. heteros, other, nomos, law.


In literature:

In contrast with the Legislative, the Executive power expresses the heteronomy of the nation in contrast with its autonomy.
"The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte" by Karl Marx
Antonyms: subjection, liability, dependence, heteronomy, reserve, constraint, subordination, repression.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
In spiritual life, heteronomy is suicide.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
It is called autonomy of Will and is contrasted with heteronomy.
"Morals and the Evolution of Man" by Max Simon Nordau
It was not heteronomy but autonomy.
"Ethics" by John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts