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1Autonomy as a political system or principle; advocacy of or belief in the right or condition of self-government.
rare Biology. Internal determination of the course of development of (part of) an organism. rare.
Mid 19th century. From either autonom- or ancient Greek αὐτόνομος + -ism. Compare French autonomisme.
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