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[ self-ek-si-kyoo-ting, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈɛk sɪˌkyu tɪŋ, ˈsɛlf- /


going into effect immediately without the need of supplementary legislation: a self-executing treaty.


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Nearby words

self-esteem, self-evident, self-examination, self-excited, self-exculpatory, self-executing, self-exile, self-existent, self-explanatory, self-expression, self-feed

Origin of self-executing

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-executing

  • The soul may be a mechanism, but it is a self-directing and self-executing mechanism.

    Leibniz's New Essays Concerning the Human Understanding|John Dewey

British Dictionary definitions for self-executing



(of a law, treaty, or clause in a deed or contract, etc) coming into effect automatically at a specified time, no legislation or other action being needed for enforcement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012