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Definition not controlled by outside forces
  • The partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous economies.
  • An autonomous judiciary is central to the separation of government powers.
  • The Kurds in Northern Iraq want to be at least partially autonomous so that they can decide their own future.
  • His teenager is growing increasingly autonomous.
  • A self that is only differentiated - not integrated - may attain great individual accomplishments, but risks being mired in self-centered egotism. By the same token, a person whose self is based exclusively on integration will be well connected and secure, but lack autonomous individuality.
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life.
    Paul Tournier
  • Anyone who has worked in the Executive Branch knows that it is a far-flung confederation of semi-autonomous baronies, not a hierarchy like a large corporation.
    Christopher DeMuth  --  After the Ascent  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.11289,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The robot moved autonomously.
  • Therefore, even if the entire world may benefit on net from a global carbon tax, without a proper enforcement mechanism, each autonomous country may have an individual incentive to not sign onto the tax given that everyone else has signed on.
    Gerald Prante  --  The Problem of Using Carbon Taxes to Combat Global Climate Change  --  http://www.taxfoundation.org/blog/printer/1669.html (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Technically you are an autonomous colony— I hear you told Sansom that.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • And, most of all, it's autonomous.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Those who surrender neither expand their territory nor dictate the terms of their peace and autonomous rule.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • It can't handle itself autonomously?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It may be true that I've lived a more autonomous lifestyle than EH.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • These were students whose paths might never have had reason to cross, given how autonomous the various disciplines at Carnegie Mellon could be.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • As a member of an independent government recognized by Moscow, I can look for him in eastern Siberia and help him to cross over into our autonomous region.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • That literature, however, was very slow in coming to a dignified, confident and autonomous estate.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Tonight, Semi-Autonomous Guard Unit #A-367 is barking.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Thus on San Piedro the silent-toiling, autonomous gill-netter became the collective image of the good man.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • You have just dispensed with the 'viable schizophrenia' you conjured up, and you have now switched over to its pulling through and becoming fully autonomous.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion

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