autonomy meaning, autonomy definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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autonomy  

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.  
FORMAL  
(=independence)  

Each of the area managers enjoys considerable autonomy in the running of his own area.     
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autonomy  

  
freedom, home rule, independence, self-determination, self-government, self-rule, sovereignty  
  
Antonyms     
   dependency, foreign rule, subjection  

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