What does the word autonomy mean?

Usage examples for autonomy

  1. A Liberal Ministry was formed, but no word was said as to the autonomy claimed by Sicily, and promised, as it would seem, by the leaders of the popular party on the mainland. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  2. The government of the Arabs may be called almost an autonomy. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
  3. The new laws abolished articles fifteen, sixteen and eighteen of the Prussian Constitution, which guaranteed the autonomy of the different forms of worship; they bestowed on the State the nomination to ecclesiastical functions, and went so far as to forbid bishops the use of their right to declare apostates excluded from the Catholic communion. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson