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AUTONOMOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does autonomous mean? 

AUTONOMOUS (adjective)
  The adjective AUTONOMOUS has 3 senses:

1. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
2. existing as an independent entity
3. (of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment

  Familiarity information: AUTONOMOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AUTONOMOUS (adjective)


Sense 1autonomous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

Synonyms:

autonomous; self-governing; sovereign; independent

Context examples:

an autonomous judiciary / a sovereign state

Similar:

free (able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint)


Sense 2autonomous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Existing as an independent entity

Context example:

the partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous jute economies

Similar:

independent (free from external control and constraint)


Sense 3autonomous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment

Synonyms:

self-directed; self-reliant; autonomous

Similar:

independent (free from external control and constraint)


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