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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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Khaleel who said he had sought clarification from the Chairman, Conference of Speakers and senior officials of the National Assembly, pointed out that Rivers and Lagos States have not even work on the Local Government Autonomy Bill, while the remaining 24, who joined the other 10 states to transmit it to the National Assembly, said they have stepped the bill down for further consultation.
But now with the federalism proposal pushing forth, there's a race to have autonomy accepted and approved through legislation and a plebiscite before federalism debates begin.
Domogan explained that while it is true that autonomy can exist within a federal state, Cordillerans should not wait for that because the situation might be different in the future, thus, it is high time that the autonomy bill be passed and subsequently ratified by the people in order to establish the autonomous region prior to the establishment of the federal state.
The exercise of moral autonomy requires that people are able to be themselves, act in accordance with their inclinations and tastes and feel free to adopt a lifestyle that allows them to express their personality.
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Thapa DK and Niehof A, Women's autonomy and husbands' involvement in maternal health care in Nepal, Social Science & Medicine.
Studies focusing on the limits to journalistic autonomy frequently refer to this dual relationship between the organisation and the individual, demonstrating further the difficulties in creating clear demarcations between the two levels.
Job autonomy has been linked to intrinsic motivation in the workplace for a long time (Loher, Noe, Moeller, & Fitzgerald, 1985), and it has been noted that the high motivation required for high levels of performance effectiveness can result from autonomy (Argote & McGrath, 1993; Hackman, 1983).
In the following, I will refer to these two positions as the procedural view and the value-laden view on agent autonomy.
Even if you are in the finance department this is not your fault, because this was the result of a wilful effort on the part of a small number of Autonomy employees.
The former management team of Autonomy said it "flatly rejected" the allegations.
The former management team of Autonomy said they "flatly rejected" the allegations.

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