determination by oneself or itself, without outside influence.
freedom to live as one chooses, or to act or decide without consulting another or others.
the determining by the people of the form their government shall have, without reference to the wishes of any other nation, especially by people of a territory or former colony.
- self-de·ter·mined, adjective
- self-de·ter·min·ing, adjective
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How to use self-determination in a sentence
So where does this leave the millions of Palestinians—like my relatives—who dream of self-determination and a sovereign state?In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead | Dean Obeidallah | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“A referendum on self-determination is necessary to reset the relationship between Catalonia and Spain,” according to the site.
Many outsiders indeed strongly supported the right of self-determination for South Sudanese.Government Ceasefire Is First Step Towards Peace in South Sudan | John Prendergast, Akshaya Kumar | January 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am a citizen of two countries that attained their independence through hard-won fights for self-determination.
The Palestinians have to “earn” the right to self determination.
On the contrary, we sit in the seat of self-determination as a highly trained and skillful engineer.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
Economic self-determination was as essential to the individual as political equality.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
No room was allowed for human self-determination to anyone but the first man.Determinism or Free-Will? | Chapman Cohen
They strove for the 'self-determination of peoples' but find that it was for some people, but not all.Preaching and Paganism | Albert Parker Fitch
This was defended in the of self-determination and by pointing out parallels of Transylvania and other provinces.Freedom's Battle | Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for self-determination
the power or ability to make a decision for oneself without influence from outside
the right of a nation or people to determine its own form of government without influence from outside
- self-determined, adjective
- self-determining, adjective
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