Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “autonomy”

autonomy

noun [U]     /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
(Definition of autonomy noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of autonomy

Definitions of “autonomy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

amicable

relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More