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
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n immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence

Synonyms:
liberty
Types:
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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
Type of:
independence, independency
freedom from control or influence of another or others

n personal independence

Synonyms:
self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency
Type of:
independence, independency
freedom from control or influence of another or others

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