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[self-op-uh-rey-ting, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪŋ, ˈsɛlf-/
Also, self-operative
[self-op-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv, -ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈsɛlf-/ (Show IPA)
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  • Malone was not quite certain that he agreed with Burris' idea of a self-operating car, but at least it was something to work on.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "It seems to be a self-operating proposition," stated Colonel Wincott.

  • But the claim of Evolution is that all came by "resident forces," self-operating.

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • They seem to suppose that the social machinery of the world is self-operating.

  • On one occasion he was caught in the self-operating elevator of the theater and was kept a prisoner in it for over an hour.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman

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