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autonomism

[aw-ton-uh-miz-uh m] /ɔˈtɒn əˌmɪz əm/
noun
1.
the belief in or a movement toward autonomy.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; autonom(y) + -ism
Related forms
autonomist, adjective, noun

autonomy

[aw-ton-uh-mee] /ɔˈtɒn ə mi/
noun, plural autonomies.
1.
independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions:
the autonomy of the individual.
2.
the condition of being autonomous; self-government or the right of self-government:
The rebels demanded autonomy from Spain.
3.
a self-governing community.
Origin
1615-25; < Greek autonomía independence, equivalent to autónom(os) autonomous + -ia -y3
Related forms
autonomist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autonomist

autonomy

/ɔːˈtɒnəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
the right or state of self-government, esp when limited
2.
a state, community, or individual possessing autonomy
3.
freedom to determine one's own actions, behaviour, etc
4.
(philosophy)
  1. the doctrine that the individual human will is or ought to be governed only by its own principles and laws See also categorical imperative
  2. the state in which one's actions are autonomous
Derived Forms
autonomist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek autonomia freedom to live by one's own laws; see autonomous
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Word Origin and History for autonomist

autonomy

n.

1620s, of states, from Greek autonomia "independence," noun of quality from autonomos "independent, living by one's own laws," from auto- "self" (see auto-) + nomos "custom, law" (see numismatics). Of persons, from 1803.

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