- governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent.
- self-regulating; self-determining.
- exercising self-restraint or self-control.
Origin of self-governed
First recorded in 1700–10
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Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for self-governed
And it is self-erected, self-governed, independent, and irresponsible.Abolition a Sedition
Geo. W. Donohue
That such churches should be self-governed followed almost as a matter of course.The War and Unity
His passing mania seemed to have burnt out all his impetuosity, leaving him singularly sober, calm, and self-governed.Hard Cash
Similarly the right to vote in a self-governed country meant many a mile in the upward evolution of mankind.Some Everyday Folk and Dawn
Rapt in reverential awe, To sit, self-governed in the fiery prime Of youth, obedient at the feet of law.St. Winifred's
Frederic W. Farrar