autonomy

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From Ancient Greek αὐτονομία (autonomía), from αὐτόνομος (autónomos), from αὐτός (autós, self) + νόμος (nómos, law). Surface analysis auto- (self) +‎ -nomy (a system of rules or laws about a particular field).

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autonomy (countable and uncountable, plural autonomies)

  1. Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.
  2. (philosophy) The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.
  3. (mechanics) The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.
  4. (Christianity) The status of a church whose highest-ranking bishop is appointed by the patriarch of the mother church, but which is self-governing in all other respects. Compare autocephaly.

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