September 30, 2016
autonomous (adjective)
\aw-TAH-nuh-mus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : having the power or right of self-government : self-governing2 : existing independent of anything else
How do you use it?
On September 30, 1966, the African nation of Botswana gained its independence from Great Britain and became an autonomous republic.
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Which of the following terms is a synonym of "autonomous"?

You're home free if you chose B! When a country is in charge of its own destiny, you can say it is "autonomous," "free," or "independent." Those terms indicate that a country controls itself and is not subject to the rule of others. But each word has a unique shade of meaning too. "Free" suggests the complete absence of any external control. An "independent" nation stands alone and has no connection with any other state that has the power to interfere with its laws or citizens. "Autonomous" stresses that a nation can govern itself independently from other powers.
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