autonomy

When a group wants to govern itself or a person wants to make independent decisions, they are looking for autonomy.

Autonomy comes from the Greek roots auto meaning "self" and nomos meaning "custom" or "law." This reflects the political sense of the word — a group's right to self-government or self-rule. When a person seeks autonomy, he or she would like to be able to make decisions independently from an authority figure. Can you relate?

Definitions of autonomy
  1. noun
    immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
    synonyms: liberty
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    self-determination, self-government, self-rule
    government of a political unit by its own people
    sovereignty
    government free from external control
    local option
    freedom of a local government to determine by popular vote the applicability of a controversial law in their jurisdiction
    home rule
    self-government in local matters by a city or county that is part of a national government
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    independence, independency
    freedom from control or influence of another or others
  2. noun
    personal independence
    synonyms: self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency
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    type of:
    independence, independency
    freedom from control or influence of another or others
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