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autonomy

noun [U] uk   /ɔːˈtɒn.ə.mi/ us    /ɑːˈtɑː.nə-/
the right of an organization, country, or region to be independent and govern itself: Demonstrators demanded immediate autonomy for their region. The universities want to preserve their autonomy from central government.Colonisation and self-governmentFreedom to actOpportunity the ability to make your own decisions without being controlled by anyone else
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