autonomy meaning, autonomy definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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1       n-uncount   Autonomy is the control or government of a country, organization, or group by itself rather than by others.   (=independence)  
Activists stepped up their demands for local autonomy last month.     
2       n-uncount   Autonomy is the ability to make your own decisions about what to do rather than being influenced by someone else or told what to do.  

Each of the area managers enjoys considerable autonomy in the running of his own area.     
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freedom, home rule, independence, self-determination, self-government, self-rule, sovereignty  
   dependency, foreign rule, subjection  

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