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[self-ree-uh-luh-zey-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌri ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the fulfillment of one's potential.
Origin of self-realization
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not knowledge or information, but self-realization, is the goal.

  • Not knowledge or information, but self-realization is the goal.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • Desire for expansion, for "self-realization," is its motive.

    How We Think John Dewey
  • "self-realization" we considered to be the primary duty of every man and woman.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
  • self-realization, that was in our eyes the whole duty of man.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
  • It is a far cry from the old days when one talked of self-realization, isn't it?

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
  • This self-realization in his fiction is one of Trollope's principal charms.

    Castle Richmond

    Anthony Trollope
  • If the soul exists when the body is born, it is only a latent personality which has not yet come to self-realization.

    What and Where is God?

    Richard La Rue Swain
  • In Christianity, on the other hand, self-realization and not self-effacement must be the consummation of life.

British Dictionary definitions for self-realization


the realization or fulfilment of one's own potential or abilities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-realization

also self realization, 1839, from self- + realization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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