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self-government

[self-guhv-ern-muh nt, -er-muh nt, self-]
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noun
  1. control of the government of a state, community, or other body by its own members; democratic government.
  2. the condition of being self-governed.
  3. self-control.
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Origin of self-government

First recorded in 1725–35
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self-government

noun
  1. the government of a country, nation, etc, by its own people
  2. the state of being self-controlled
  3. an archaic term for self-control
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Derived Formsself-governed, adjectiveself-governing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-government

n.

1734, of persons; 1798, of states, from self- + government. Related: Self-governing (1680s).

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