Autonomy

From the Greek 'auto' (self) and 'nomos' (law).

Literally 'autonomy' means 'self-rule' and refers to the moral principle which states that every competent moral agent has an intrinsic or social right to determine their own destiny. According to the principle of autonomy every competent moral agent has a reasonable expectation to be free from unwanted intervention in the disposition of their life (see ‘Heteronomy’).