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1. the ability to function in an independent fashion.
2. in bioethics, self-determination that is free from both controlling interferences by others and personal limitations preventing meaningful choice (such as inadequate understanding or faulty reasoning). Having the capacity to act with autonomy does not guarantee that a person will actually do so with full understanding and without external controlling influences. adj., adj auton´omous.


The condition or state of being autonomous, able to make decisions unaided by others.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]


/au·ton·o·my/ (aw-ton´ah-me) the state of functioning independently, without extraneous influence.auton´omous


Etymology: Gk, autos + nomos, law
the quality of having the ability or tendency to function independently. autonomous, adj.


An individual’s right to self-determination.
The ability of an individual to exercise his or her rights, have choices respected, remain independent and be involved in his or her own care decisions.

Ethical principle of individual self-determination.
Vox populi
The personal capacity to consider alternatives, make choices and act without undue influence or interference from others.


Vox populi Personal capacity to consider alternatives, make choices, and act without undue influence or interference of others. See Functional autonomy, Physician autonomy.


nursing A patient's personal independence; of being self-governing.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]

autonomy (·tˑ·n·mē),

n a principle of medical ethics according to which a person should respect the rights of other individuals to freely determine their own choices and decisions.


Condition or state of being autonomous, able to make decisions unaided by others.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]

Patient discussion about autonomy

Q. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently? I have a friend who is staying as a paying guest and is being taken care of by all our family members. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently?

A. I am very much moved by your deeds.

• Many people with autism do flourish and go on to hold responsible jobs and live independently. Others have the intellectual abilities to be employed but are held back by their inability to adapt socially to the stresses of everyday life.

• The focus of every intervention program for the person with autism should be to work on helping them adapt to living in society. Their quality of life and ability to function is far more important than how they do on an I.Q. test.

Q. Where should i go when i feel down and lonely? is there like an independence way to lift my spirit?

A. I spend a lot of time in "my room". It has a window to look out and a comfortable chair to sit and think in. I can shut the door to get real quiet. I can read and study things. Reading gets my mind off of down feelings. There is also a time for going out walking. It frees my mind. When I come back I seem to have a new perspective on things. Sometimes I go and sit out in the woods for awhile where I live. I like listening to the birds and nature sounds. Its nice to see clouds going by in the sky or the stars at night. If something's really bothering you, call on someone you can trust and talk it out. Just find that activity that suits you best and get busy at it.

Q. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. My elder daughter was diagnosed with autism and I look out for information on raising a child with autism. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. I need help.

A. Hi there. Mellou here. I have a 19 yr old son that has autism. Yes I believe that children can be taught to live a independant life. My son attends a Independant Living Center to learn how to be self sufficiate and so far he is learning alot. It is just taking awhile for him to get at it and do it.
Hope this helps you hon. Good luck

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Even if today many Chicanos are satisfied with an ethnic pluralism model, surely it was wrong to strip them of the language rights that were guaranteed to them under the treaty of 1848, which was the first step to undermining their will and capacity for national autonomy (and which was done precisely in order to undermine this will and capacity).
Dubnov was even more skeptical of Herzl's "political Zionism" because he placed his primary emphasis on Jewish cultural and national autonomy in the Diaspora.
Key themes guiding the discussion include the future of the European social model and national autonomy.
If the most obvious effect of globalization is represented by the prevalence of the market over the nation-state, and partly, by the diminishing of the national economic sovereignty, and the erosion of state borders, specialists claim that the "supremacy of the market over the state, and of economy over politics", by assigning definite meanings to this process: "the downward race and the end of national sovereignty, the loss of national autonomy and of control over the economy, the promotion of high technology in diverse geographies, the decrease of welfare, the cheap labour force, the national, social and political disintegration etc.
In addition to this core team, Lockheed Martin will work closely with Finnish Industry to maximize industry participation ensuring national autonomy to maintain the payload as well as advancing host country technical capabilities.
These two countries she so denigrates were the first ever in Europe to voluntarily renounce parts of their national autonomy solely in the interests of peace and understanding in Europe.
Although the regime began effectively without a support base outside the military, it soon gained the acceptance and then support of the peasant classes by promoting economic development and national autonomy through agrarian policies that emphasized peasant agricultural production.

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