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Meaning of autonomous

au•ton•o•mous

Pronunciation: (ô-ton'u-mus), [key]
— adj.
    1. self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only.
    2. pertaining to an autonomy.
  1. having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent: a subsidiary that functioned as an autonomous unit.
    1. existing and functioning as an independent organism.
    2. spontaneous.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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