• 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

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