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autonomous

  

      adj  
1    (of a community, country, etc.) possessing a large degree of self-government  
2    of or relating to an autonomous community  
3    independent of others  
4      (Philosophy)  
a    acting or able to act in accordance with rules and principles of one's own choosing  
b    (in the moral philosophy of Kant, of an individual's will) directed to duty rather than to some other end  
   Compare       heteronomous       3  
  
See also  
    categorical imperative  
5      (Biology)   existing as an organism independent of other organisms or parts  
6       a variant spelling of       autonomic       3  
     (C19: from Greek autonomos living under one's own laws, from auto- + nomos law)  
  autonomously      adv  


Adzhar Autonomous Republic   , Adzharia  
      n   an administrative division of SW Georgia, on the Black Sea: part of Turkey from the 17th century until 1878; mostly mountainous, reaching 2805 m (9350 ft.), with a subtropical coastal strip. Capital: Batumi. Pop.: 386700 (1993 est.). Area: 3000 sq. km (1160 sq. miles)  
Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Republic  
      n   an administrative division of Tajikistan: generally mountainous and inaccessible. Capital: Khorog. Pop.: 167000 (1991 est.). Area: 63700 sq. km (24590 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Badakhshan  
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region   , Kwangsi-Chuang Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division of S China. Capital: Nanning. Pop.: 44930000 (1995 est.). Area: 220400 sq. km (85100 sq. miles)  
Jewish Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division of SE Russia, in E Siberia: colonized by Jews in 1928; largely agricultural. Capital: Birobidzhan. Pop.: 216000 (1995 est.). Area: 36000 sq. km (13895 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Birobidzhan, Birobijan  
Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Republic  
      n   an administrative division in NW Uzbekistan, on the Aral Sea: came under Russian rule by stages from 1873 until Uzbekistan became independent in 1991. Capital: Nukus. Pop.: 1343000 (1993 est.). Area: 165600 sq. km (63900 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Kara-Kalpakia   Kara-Kalpakstan  
Kwangsi-Chuang Autonomous Region  
      n      a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for       Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  
Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division in S Azerbaijan. In 1990 violent unrest caused by Armenian claims to the region culminated in the declaration of a state of emergency. Capital: Stepanakert. Pop.: 193300 (1991 est.). Area: 4400 sq. km (1700 sq. miles)  
Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic  
      n   a region belonging to Azerbaijan, from which it is separated by part of Armenia; annexed by Russia in 1828; unilaterally declared secession from the Soviet Union in 1990. Capital: Nakhichevan. Pop.: 315000 (1994). Area: 5500 sq. km (2120 sq. miles)  
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division of NW China, south of the Inner Mongolian AR. Capital: Yinchuan. Pop.: 5130000 (1996 est.). Area: 66400 sq. km (25896 sq. miles)  
Sinkiang-Uighur Autonomous Region  
      n      a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for the       Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region  
Xizang Autonomous Region  
      n      the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for       Tibet  
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autonomic  
      adj  
1    occurring involuntarily or spontaneously  
2    of or relating to the autonomic nervous system  
3      (Also)    autonomous          (of plant movements) occurring as a result of internal stimuli  
  autonomically      adv  


Adzhar Autonomous Republic   , Adzharia  
      n   an administrative division of SW Georgia, on the Black Sea: part of Turkey from the 17th century until 1878; mostly mountainous, reaching 2805 m (9350 ft.), with a subtropical coastal strip. Capital: Batumi. Pop.: 386700 (1993 est.). Area: 3000 sq. km (1160 sq. miles)  
autonomous         
      adj  
1    (of a community, country, etc.) possessing a large degree of self-government  
2    of or relating to an autonomous community  
3    independent of others  
4      (Philosophy)  
a    acting or able to act in accordance with rules and principles of one's own choosing  
b    (in the moral philosophy of Kant, of an individual's will) directed to duty rather than to some other end  
   Compare       heteronomous       3  
  
See also  
    categorical imperative  
5      (Biology)   existing as an organism independent of other organisms or parts  
6       a variant spelling of       autonomic       3  
     (C19: from Greek autonomos living under one's own laws, from auto- + nomos law)  
  autonomously      adv  
Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Republic  
      n   an administrative division of Tajikistan: generally mountainous and inaccessible. Capital: Khorog. Pop.: 167000 (1991 est.). Area: 63700 sq. km (24590 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Badakhshan  
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region   , Kwangsi-Chuang Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division of S China. Capital: Nanning. Pop.: 44930000 (1995 est.). Area: 220400 sq. km (85100 sq. miles)  
Jewish Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division of SE Russia, in E Siberia: colonized by Jews in 1928; largely agricultural. Capital: Birobidzhan. Pop.: 216000 (1995 est.). Area: 36000 sq. km (13895 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Birobidzhan, Birobijan  
Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Republic  
      n   an administrative division in NW Uzbekistan, on the Aral Sea: came under Russian rule by stages from 1873 until Uzbekistan became independent in 1991. Capital: Nukus. Pop.: 1343000 (1993 est.). Area: 165600 sq. km (63900 sq. miles),   (Also called)    Kara-Kalpakia   Kara-Kalpakstan  
Kwangsi-Chuang Autonomous Region  
      n      a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for       Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  
Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division in S Azerbaijan. In 1990 violent unrest caused by Armenian claims to the region culminated in the declaration of a state of emergency. Capital: Stepanakert. Pop.: 193300 (1991 est.). Area: 4400 sq. km (1700 sq. miles)  
Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic  
      n   a region belonging to Azerbaijan, from which it is separated by part of Armenia; annexed by Russia in 1828; unilaterally declared secession from the Soviet Union in 1990. Capital: Nakhichevan. Pop.: 315000 (1994). Area: 5500 sq. km (2120 sq. miles)  
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region  
      n   an administrative division of NW China, south of the Inner Mongolian AR. Capital: Yinchuan. Pop.: 5130000 (1996 est.). Area: 66400 sq. km (25896 sq. miles)  
Sinkiang-Uighur Autonomous Region  
      n      a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for the       Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region  
Xizang Autonomous Region  
      n      the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for       Tibet  

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autonomous

  
  
free, independent, self-determining, self-governing, self-ruling, sovereign  

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