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- (Christianity, of a church or bishop, not comparable) Self-governing: independent of other episcopal jurisdiction (to a greater degree than an autonomous church).
- 2020 June 23, John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, page 447:
- Poroshenko's speech was viscerally anti-Russian, and his loudest applause line came when he vowed to establish an autocephalous (independent from Moscow) Ukrainian Orthodox Church patriarchate.
- (comparable) Independent; self-directed
- Antonym: heterocephalous
- 1970, Ronald C. Newton, “On “Functional Groups,” “Fragmentation,” and “Pluralism” in Spanish American Political Society”, in Hispanic American Historical Review, DOI:10.1215/00182168-50.1.1:
- This is the Weberian continuum which stretches between the poles of “autocephalous” (self-organized and managing) and “heterocephalous” (organized and managed by others) occupations. […] In the more autocephalous occupations—the professions; the arts; independent accountants, draftsmen, and the like; independent small and medium businessmen in merchandising, manufacturing, artisanry, and the service trades—effective organization is less feasible.
a self-governing church