autonomous (adj.)

  1. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces; an autonomous judiciary; a sovereign state

    [ Syn: independent , self-governing , sovereign ]

  2. existing as an independent entity; the partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous jute economies'

  3. (of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment

    [ Syn: self-directed , self-reliant ]

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