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[self-guhv-ernd, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərnd, ˈsɛlf-/
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
Related forms
self-governing, adjective
nonself-governing, adjective
1. autonomous.
1. dependent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • His passing mania seemed to have burnt out all his impetuosity, leaving him singularly sober, calm, and self-governed.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • Similarly the right to vote in a self-governed country meant many a mile in the upward evolution of mankind.

  • 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
  • Whenever there is a self-governed soul, there is a happy blending of the authority of reason with the force of appetite.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • A West Indian self-governed Dominion is possible only with a full negro vote.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • The Company was self-governed from its commencement in 1695, and the disintegration seems to have begun in the next season.

  • The foundations of a self-governed society on a great scale are laid in leading instincts.

  • If Ireland were an independent state, or even a self-governed British colony, things would right themselves.

    A Leap in the Dark A.V. Dicey

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