self-governed

[ self-guhv-ernd, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərnd, ˈsɛlf- /

adjective

governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent.
self-regulating; self-determining.
exercising self-restraint or self-control.

Origin of self-governed

First recorded in 1700–10
Related formsself-gov·ern·ing, adjectivenon·self-gov·ern·ing, adjective
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