• WordNet 3.6
    • n autonomy immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
    • n autonomy personal independence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Autonomy The power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state.
    • Autonomy (Metaph) The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n autonomy The power or right of self-government, whether in a community which elects its own magistrates and makes its own laws, or in an individual who acts according to his own will.
    • n autonomy A self-governing community.
    • n autonomy An autonomous condition; the condition of being subject only to its own laws; especially, in biology, organic independence.
    • n autonomy In the philos. of Kant, the doctrine that the moral law is one which reason imposes upon itself a priori, that is, independently of sense and sense-experience, and is therefore absolute and immutable: opposed to heteronomy (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Autonomy aw-ton′om-i the power or right of self-government: (Kant's philos.) the doctrine that the human will carries its guiding principle within itself
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  • Denis Waitley
    “Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.”
  • Simone Weil
    “It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. autonomie,. See Autonomous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.—autos, and nomos, law.


In literature:

At that time certain rights of independency and autonomy were granted to Finland.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
The tendency toward departmental autonomy in large businesses is also very marked.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
The provisions of the London Convention did not exhaust the restrictions placed upon the Egyptian government in respect of financial autonomy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Its political autonomy dates from 1836, when it was made a coast department.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
In 1902 a movement in favour of local autonomy was repressed by Spanish troops.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
That lesser form of self-government might be sought in a local autonomy under a federal government.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
In the first condition of vitalised matter we find the evidence of autonomy.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
He thought the revolutionists in Cuba would never accept autonomy at the hands of Spain.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
Though these enactments still left some autonomy to Bohemia, the country gradually lost all individuality.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
To do so would have given the mutants too much autonomy.
"Earth Alert!" by Kris Neville

In poetry:

Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit.
"A Dog Has Died" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

Michael Dell Looked At Autonomy.
Page 1 of 2 Hewlett Packard has shuffled its executive leadership team for Autonomy in what amounts to a confirmation that the company's president and C-level executive team have departed .
Some physicians, facing daunting business costs, decide the price of autonomy isn't worth it.
Autonomy, an HP Company, today announced the availability of a new solution designed to help institutions meet the new reporting and regulatory requirements associated with the Dodd -Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announces a huge write-down from a failed acquisition for the second consecutive quarter, alleging accounting malfeasance by British software giant Autonomy.
For all intents and purposes, the Egyptian military is interested in keeping its distance from politics, safeguarding its interests in the country's economy and maintaining a degree of autonomy from civilian government control.
It has close ties to the PKK, the group fighting in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy.
Ex-H-P CEO Apotheker: 'Stunned' By Autonomy Fiasco .
HP says it uncovered 'accounting improprieties' at Autonomy.
HP takes $8.8 billion writedown on Autonomy.
Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday that it has written down $8.8 billion of the value of Autonomy, the British software company it bought last year, after discovering that Autonomy misrepresented its finances.
Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch, who denied the allegations of impropriety, is among the defendants in a lawsuit filed by HP shareholders.
Exec embroiled in HP-Autonomy mess lashes out.
Autonomy Founder Challenges H.P. 's Claims.
Despite Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) startling admission that it was bamboozled into spending billions of dollars more on Autonomy than the software company was worth, many industry experts haven't given up on the tech giant.

In science:

If CC improvements constitute sufficient grounds for selling new boxes (with fixed CC’s) then manufacturers obtain an advantage from not offering CC autonomy and from selling new boxes more frequently.
Informal Control code logic
A further ma jor incentive for CC autonomy is CC quality improvement during box life-time.
Informal Control code logic
In contrast, if the PV system is grid-connected, autonomy is a secondary goal; instead, batteries can reduce the fluctuation of PV output or provide economic bene fits such as demand charge reduction, and arbitrage.
Storage Size Determination for Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems
In order to ensure autonomy, reviewers cannot influence other reviewers’ reviews, i.e., they do not know each other’s identity a priori and they are not allowed to communicate to each other during the reviewing process.
On a Reliable Peer-Review Process
In short, under the assumptions made about autonomy and reviewers’ beliefs, the resulting expected truth-telling scores1 are strictly maximized when reviewers truthfully disclose their reviews.
On a Reliable Peer-Review Process