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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Autonomy  \Au*ton"o*my\,  n.  [Gr.  ?:  cf  F.  autonomie  See 
  {Autonomous}.] 
  1.  The  power  or  right  of  self-government;  self-government,  or 
  political  independence,  of  a  city  or  a  state. 
 
  2.  (Metaph.)  The  sovereignty  of  reason  in  the  sphere  of 
  morals;  or  man's  power,  as  possessed  of  reason,  to  give 
  law  to  himself.  In  this  according  to  Kant,  consist  the 
  true  nature  and  only  possible  proof  of  liberty.  --Fleming. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  autonomy 
  n  1:  immunity  from  arbitrary  exercise  of  authority:  political 
  independence  [syn:  {liberty}] 
  2:  personal  independence  [syn:  {self-direction},  {self-reliance}, 
  {self-sufficiency}] 




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