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Definition political independence; or other freedom from outside control
  • The region wants greater autonomy from the central government.
  • Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the classroom. To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid.
    Tracy Kidder
  • We live in a society that extols mobility, autonomy and freedom.
    Steven Mintz
  • Tibet wants autonomy, but it is looking less and less probable that they will ever achieve it.
  • China's constitution promises autonomy to Tibet; though the degree of autonomy is a source of much debate.
  • "Science is not the highest value in society," Andrews says, pointing instead to things like autonomy and personal freedom.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • That said, you will retain the greater part of your autonomy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • China has enjoyed a virtuous circle in which, once girls had economic value, parents invested more in them and gave them greater autonomy.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He seemed to have moved beyond his need to assert so adamantly his autonomy, his need to separate himself from his parents.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Thus far I have allowed you an unprecedented measure of autonomy to come and go as you please, out of respect for your unique position.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • He might use words like 'free citizen' and 'sovereign autonomy.'
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • However, there appears to be no insuperable obstacle to the Lunar colonists, if they show political maturity, enjoying a degree of autonomy.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The surface of the whole complex was tiled, with only a few small steps and slopes, which meant that Will could move in his chair with complete autonomy.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It was a paper that had achieved considerable autonomy within the regime and dealt with issues forbidden to others.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • For any created being, autonomy is lunacy.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Now, on the other hand, I would only be insulted if you suggested that I had no autonomy where your pictures were concerned, like any child.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A defining feature here is student autonomy, the socalled open curriculum, which students won during demonstrations in the late 1960s.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Their aims were some kind of nationalism, with Gaelic autonomy, and a massacre of the Jews as well, in revenge for a mythical saint called Hugh of Lincoln.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • (courtesy General Autonomies Corporation) visualizations of the southwestern United States, weighted for wind direction and population.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • However, there was an element of autonomy in the younger girl's unhappiness.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement

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