[adj] of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"
[adj] of persons; free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment
[adj] existing as an independent entity; "the partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous jute economies"
\Au*ton"o*mous\, a. [Gr. ?; ? self + ? to assign, hold, sway.]
1. Independent in government; having the right or power of self-government.
2. (Biol.) Having independent existence or laws.