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au·tar·chy 1

n. pl. au·tar·chies
1. Absolute rule or power; autocracy.
2. A country under such rule.

[From Greek autarkhos, self-governing, autarch : auto-, auto- + arkhos, ruler (from arkhein, to rule).]

au·tar′chic (-kĭk), au·tar′chi·cal (-kĭ-kəl) adj.

au·tar·chy 2

Variant of autarky.
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Adj.1.autarchical - of or relating to or characterized by autarchyautarchical - of or relating to or characterized by autarchy


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In traditional systems, common in pre-modern societies and early modern societies, the family is an institution-group that constitutes a kind of forced horizon (relatively "autarchical") for individuals.
First great transfer of power, from an autarchical monarchy to the landed gentry, presaged later transfers of power to the people as a whole.