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[dih-rek-tid, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk tɪd, daɪ-/
guided, regulated, or managed:
a carefully directed program.
subject to direction, guidance, regulation, etc.
Mathematics. (of an angle or vector) having positive or negative direction or orientation assigned.
Origin of directed
First recorded in 1530-40; direct + -ed2
Related forms
directedness, noun
overdirected, adjective
self-directed, adjective
well-directed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-directed
Historical Examples
  • His work, moreover, is not self-directed, for it has no inward spring.

  • Doubtless some men have not brains enough in a week to supply them for one hour a day of self-directed work.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • The young gentleman was in, and without delay appeared to the beautiful lady's self-directed and appointed ambassadress.

  • These occasions mark the evolution of Southern thought and industry, and the result of the self-directed energy of the negro.

  • His attempt to laugh, indeed, sounded a little hollow, but that is the habit of self-directed merriment.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • The energy which issues in growth, or assimilates knowledge, must originate in self and be self-directed.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • They were not organized, self-directed, self-controlled personalities in the way that Miriam Finch was.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • Personality is founded upon self-consciousness, with self-governed intelligence and self-directed action.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • She saw Ted start, scalded by the splash of her self-directed anger, saw him try to convert his wince into a shrug.

  • "I have already said too much," he reminded himself in self-directed monition.

    The Chief Legatee

    Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for self-directed


(of study, learning, etc) regulated or conducted by oneself


/dɪˈrɛktɪd; daɪ-/
(maths) (of a number, line, or angle) having either a positive or negative sign to distinguish measurement in one direction or orientation from that in the opposite direction or orientation
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