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self-executing

[self-ek-si-kyoo-ting, self-]
adjective
  1. going into effect immediately without the need of supplementary legislation: a self-executing treaty.
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Origin of self-executing

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples of 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

self-executing

adjective
  1. (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
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