1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n An autonomous country, organization, or group governs or controls itself rather than being controlled by anyone else.

They proudly declared themselves part of a new autonomous province.

Derived words:
autonomously ADV usu ADV after v

...a highly decentralised company, with each of its subsidiaries operating autonomously.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n An autonomous person makes their own decisions rather than being influenced by someone else.

He treated us as autonomous individuals who had to learn to make up our own minds about important issues.


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