autonomous (adj.) 1800, from Gk. autonomos "having one's own laws," of animals, "feeding or ranging at will," from autos "self" (see AUTO- (Cf. auto-)) + nomos "law" (see NUMISMATICS (Cf. numismatics)). Cf. PRIVILEGE (Cf. privilege). Used mostly in metaphysics and politics; see AUTONOMIC (Cf. autonomic).

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