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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.
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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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