[self-guhv-ernd, self-]


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

Synonyms for self-governed

Antonyms for self-governed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-governed

Historical Examples of self-governed

  • And it is self-erected, self-governed, independent, and irresponsible.

    Abolition a Sedition

    Geo. W. Donohue

  • That such churches should be self-governed followed almost as a matter of course.

  • His passing mania seemed to have burnt out all his impetuosity, leaving him singularly sober, calm, and self-governed.

    Hard Cash

    Charles Reade

  • Similarly the right to vote in a self-governed country meant many a mile in the upward evolution of mankind.

  • 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