[self-guhv-ern-muh nt, -er-muh nt, self-]


control of the government of a state, community, or other body by its own members; democratic government.
the condition of being self-governed.

Origin of self-government

First recorded in 1725–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

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