[ self-guhv-ernd, self- ]
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  1. governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent.

  2. self-regulating; self-determining.

  1. exercising self-restraint or self-control.

Origin of self-governed

First recorded in 1700–10

Other words for self-governed

Opposites for self-governed

Other words from self-governed

  • self-gov·ern·ing, adjective
  • non·self-gov·ern·ing, adjective

Words Nearby self-governed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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.

  • 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