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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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Halicyclops hurlberti belongs to the group of species "B" of Halicyclops with a 3443 spine formula but Rocha (1991) recognized a subgroup of species sharing the following characteristics: 1) caudal setae bearing only heteronomously distributed setules, 2) fourth segment of female antennule less than twice as long as wide, 3) inner spine of the second basipodite of P1 reaching at least midlength of P1ENP3.
(12) In Kantian terms, this is the person who acts autonomously as opposed to heteronomously. In virtue ethics, of course, the truly virtuous agent acts spontaneously out of a desire for the good rather than contrary to natural inclination.
The embodied observance of heteronomously imposed commands was, for him, the only genuinely religious activity.
Hector's embrace of the semi-wild heights of Bryn mountain defines his subjective transformation as a topological surpassing of the appointed boundaries of social interiority, as a relocation to "the outside" (of normality, acceptability, functionality) where intensive forces can expand and configure themselves in a subjective becoming no longer governed by settled forms (Oedipal/phallic, instrumental, or otherwise heteronomously determined).
(65) On the one hand, Habermas agrees with the antirealists that normative judgements do not describe a moral order that is grounded in the nature of things, and which is 'heteronomously' imposed on humanity independently of practical reason.
That autonomy cannot issue from any prepolitical factor, such as racial, ethnic, or religious identity, which would leave political institutions heteronomously grounded by a factor extraneous to political self-determination.
An ideological outlook is one pathway to naive denial, but there is a trace of what seems like open-mindedness in the naive denier, perhaps owing to the fact that, really, her views are formed largely heteronomously, from having simply taken at face value the views of others and not really having actually thought much about the climate change issue.
There is nothing pure, nothing structured strictly according to its own immanent law, that does not implicitly criticize the debasement of a situation evolving in the direction of a total exchange society in which everything is heteronomously defined.
Positive religion (here the term positive is borrowed from a jurisprudential context to denote the laws in force in a particular historical community) is the set of rites, rules, and beliefs associated with a particular religion and externally and heteronomously imposed on a given individual.
The reconfigured cultural order may also move the generic balance towards heteronomously connected ways of reporting, as anticipated by advocates of low aesthetic consciousness.
The criminal law tends to be made for relatively wide application whereas art-works are peculiarly individual in conception and result, and it could be argued that the criminal law may have to be applied heteronomously when art is in issue, since special treatment for art, for example, may not be consonant with the just, objective and consistent application of public-moral laws to everything potentially caught within their ambit.