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autonomy

noun
     
Related topics: Government
au‧ton‧o‧my [uncountable]
1PG freedom that a place or an organization has to govern or control itself [= independence]:
campaigners who want greater autonomy for Corsica
2 the ability or opportunity to make your own decisions without being controlled by anyone else [= independence]:
Teachers are given considerable individual autonomy.

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