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noun [uncountable] autonomy pronunciation in American English /ɔˈtɑnəmi/
  1. 1
    a situation in which a state, region, or organization is independent and has the power to govern itself
    Rebel leaders are demanding autonomy for the region.
  2. 2
    the power to make your own decisions
    New regulations have severely restricted the autonomy of doctors.

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