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1. Subject to external or foreign laws or domination; not autonomous.
2. Biology Differing in development or structure.

[hetero- + Greek nomos, law; see -nomy + -ous.]

het′er·on′o·mous·ly adv.


1. (Law) subject to an external law, rule, or authority. Compare autonomous
2. (Biology) (of the parts of an organism) differing in the manner of growth, development, or specialization
3. (Philosophy) (in Kant's philosophy) directed to an end other than duty for its own sake. Compare autonomous4b
ˌheterˈonomously adv
ˌheterˈonomy n
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Like the genus Encarsia, Pteroptrix exhibit heteronomous life histories with females acting as primary parasitoids and males developing as hyperparasitoids on the same or different species (Hunter & Woolley 2001).
Secular criticism thus resists the prime model of foundationalism, the "external, ahistorical, heteronomous authorization" that Gourgouris sees in "divine power" (50).
As opposed to the agnostic who lives in the uncertainty of whether God exists or not, but who ultimately does not worry about it, the consciousness who has existed in a heteronomous ethical framework and for whom existence within ethical autonomy is deeply troubling --as illustrated by don Manuel--experiences a terrible void in facing the prospect of a self condemned to unavoidable physical and spiritual discontinuity.
Such discipleship can only appear heteronomous from the moral point of view, since the paradigm cannot be reduced to, or determined by, principles known prior to imitation.
The late French historian Andre Gorz (1980, 1983) described this part of the economy as the autonomous sector in contrast to the dominant heteronomous sector.
While universal, this sense of a moral duty has to be cultivated by education because "we are subject to heteronomous impulses" such as self-love (24).
Jazz is an art that navigates between the debilitating threats of totality and anarchy, between the tyranny of heteronomous tradition and the chaos of unlimited self-determination and spontaneity.
Brague is so careful to protect the Law of Grace from contamination by any merely practical law that he may expose it to a decidedly modern enthusiasm for the liberation of human meaning from any heteronomous authority.
He thus relocated from a society whose culture had become fatally heteronomous to a society whose cultural inclination was, to his mind, autonomous, despite the variegated denominational adherences of the American citizenry.
They make truth claims for these values and do not seek to disguise their incompatibility with ways of life based on heteronomous deference to established authority.
Chapter eight on the "Hermeneutics of the Self" is concerned with the ethics and exemplary conduct of the self through the Ihya 'ulum al-din, a work designed to construct the ethical subject, a self that is at once autonomous and heteronomous.
But this time, as a book author with international exposure, Krog was no longer operating at the autonomous pole of the field of cultural production or at the heteronomous pole of journalism, but in the section of the field in which both cultural and economic capital could come together powerfully with the production of a non-fiction book.