Word of the day: 5/20/15 Autonomous

Word: Autonomous

You Pronounce It: [aw-ton-uh-muh s]

Definition: adjective

1. Government. self-governing; independent; subject to its own laws only. pertaining to an autonomy, or a self-governing community.

2. having autonomy; not subject to control from outside; independent: a subsidiary that functioned as an autonomous unit.

3. Biology. existing and functioning as an independent organism. growing naturally or spontaneously, without cultivation.

Origin:1790-1800; < Greek autónomos with laws of one’s own, independent, equivalent to auto- auto-1+ nóm (os) law, custom + -os adj. suffix

I found it:  While reading Carroll’s “Pomo Blues Stories from First Year Composition” when it states:

In the past, both might be seen as fairily stable, autonomous individuals drawing on skills within themselves, acting independently to teach and to produce original pieces of writing.

Works Cited:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/autonomous

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