It was plain that he meant his Negro hearers to make much of the Negro's capacity for self-direction.
It is not called for by the practical needs of daily self-direction.
Many teachers and parents insist upon guiding the pupil long after he is capable of self-direction.
He must appreciate the yearning of the American heart after self-direction.
In his self-direction thitherward he was as candid, one-pointed, and ruthless as the Arab might be.
It substitutes for self-direction the authority of the many.
Hitherto he had been mechanical, whereas now he was an engine capable of self-direction—an engine stoked to the brim.
The power of volition and self-direction was very nearly gone.
He seemed not only to have missed the way, but had also lost the faculty of self-direction.
The rights of individuality and of self-direction have been hardly won and are dearly held.
c.1400, "orderly arrangement;" c.1500 as "action of directing," from Latin directionem (nominative directio), noun of action from past participle stem of dirigere (see direct (v.)). Meaning "course pursued by a moving object" is from 1660s. Related: Directional.