Au*ton"o*my (?), n. [Gr. : cf. F. autonomie. See Autonomous.]
The power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state.
The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty.
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