governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent.
exercising self-restraint or self-control.
- self-gov·ern·ing, adjective
- non·self-gov·ern·ing, adjective
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How to use self-governed in a sentence
Rapt in reverential awe, To sit, self-governed in the fiery prime Of youth, obedient at the feet of law.St. Winifred's | Frederic W. Farrar
As the potato was the staple food of the people, this would have been sufficiently disastrous, even in a self-governed country.The Book of This and That | Robert Lynd
They dwelt in cities of their own which were practically self-governed, and they were granted many privileges.The Iron Heel | Jack London
Sir Wilfrid Bury, for instance, prince of self-governed and reasonable men, was not to be touched by Julie.Lady Rose's Daughter | Mrs. Humphry Ward
Personality is founded upon self-consciousness, with self-governed intelligence and self-directed action.Supreme Personality | Delmer Eugene Croft