The adjective autonomous means something that has the power to make decisions for itself.

Synonyms are free, independent, self-governing, or sovereign.

The word origins from Greek (1777) autonomos meaning “having one’s own laws”. It comes from autos meaning “self” plus nomos meaning “law”.

The manager was able to recruit autonomous staff.

The company is known for being autonomous with its newly appointed CEO.

The province is composed of eleven districts and one autonomous municipality.