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"autonomous condition, power or right of self-government," 1620s, of states, from Greek autonomia "independence," noun of quality from autonomos "independent, living by one's own laws," from autos "self" (see auto-) + nomos "custom, law" (see numismatics). Of persons, from 1803. In Kantian metaphysics, "doctrine of the Will giving itself its own law, based on conscience."