[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.
  3. 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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Antonyms for self-governed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for self-governing

autonomous, sovereign

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