General English


  • noun working by yourself, without being managed

Health Economics

  • (written as Autonomy)
    The general ethical principle in medicine of respecting an individual's freedom from external interference and their right to self-determination (subject to like rights for all, and - perhaps - to the individual having a specified set of mental capacities). Along with the principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence and justice, it completes the so-called 'four principles' of health care ethics.

Information & Library Science

  • noun the opportunity to make one’s own decisions without being told what to do by somebody else


  • noun self-government, or freedom from outside control

Media Studies

  • noun in aesthetic theory, independence, without relying on any other idea, cultural form or value


  • noun the state of being free to act as one wishes


  • noun the power of a region to govern itself within a larger political unit