- 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-governing
But as a self-governing commonwealth, the Marianas were exempt from U.S. labor standards and even immigration laws.David’s Book Club: ‘Capitol Punishment’
March 23, 2012
Our efforts should be towards helping them to be self-governing.Latin America and the United States
Practically it had been not only self-governing but almost independent.The War of Independence
The boss is like the measles, a distemper of a self-governing people's infancy.The Battle with the Slum
Jacob A. Riis.
And now Holland was a republic, her people were self-governing!
Here Penn proposed to found a state, free and self-governing.The Hand of Providence
J. H. Ward