- going into effect immediately without the need of supplementary legislation: a self-executing treaty.
Origin of self-executing
First recorded in 1865–70
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The soul may be a mechanism, but it is a self-directing and self-executing mechanism.
- (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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