autonomous etymology

English word autonomous comes from English -ous, English autonomy

Detailed word origin of autonomous

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ous English (eng) (chemistry) Used in chemical nomenclature to name chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a lower oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ic. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3). See Inorganic nomenclature.. Used to form adjectives from nouns, to denote possession or [...]
autonomy English (eng) (Christianity) The status of a church whose highest-ranking bishop is appointed by the patriarch of the mother church, but which is self-governing in all other respects. Compare autocephaly.. (mechanics) The capacity of a system to make a decision about its actions without the involvement of another system or operator.. (philosophy) The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.. [...]
autonomous English (eng) (Celtic linguistics, of a verb form) Used with no subject, indicating an unknown or unspecified agent; used in similar situations as the passive in English (the difference being that the theme in the English passive construction is the subject, while in the Celtic autonomous construction the theme is the object and there is no subject).. Acting on one's own or independently; of a child, [...]

Words with the same origin as autonomous

Descendants of -ous
advantageous analogy cancerous courageous courteous delirious flirtatious gorge gorgeous incestuous instantaneous miscellaneous momentous monotonous murderous nauseous outrageous poisonous sensuous simultaneous spontaneous squeamish synonymous thunderous
Descendants of autonomy
autonomic autonomically autonomously semiautonomous