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noun
  1. self-government in local matters by a city, province, state, colony, or the like.

Origin of home rule

First recorded in 1855–60
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home rule

noun
  1. self-government, esp in domestic affairs
  2. US government the partial autonomy of cities and (in some states) counties, under which they manage their own affairs, with their own charters, etc, within the limits set by the state constitution and laws
  3. the partial autonomy sometimes granted to a national minority or a colony

Home Rule

noun
  1. self-government for Ireland: the goal of the Irish Nationalists from about 1870 to 1920
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Word Origin and History for home rule

n.

1860, originally in reference to Ireland, from home (n.) + rule (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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