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English definition of “autonomy”

autonomy

noun [U]    /ɔˈtɑn·ə·mi/
the right of a group of people to govern itself or to organize its own activities: District officials had rebuffed a proposal to grant greater autonomy to local schools. autonomous    /ɔˈtɑn·ə·məs/ adjective an autonomous region/republic
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