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self-government

[ self-guhv-ern-muhnt, -er-muhnt, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt, ˈsɛlf- /
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noun
control of the government of a state, community, or other body by its own members; democratic government.
the condition of being self-governed.
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Origin of self-government

First recorded in 1725–35
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British Dictionary definitions for self-government

self-government

noun
the government of a country, nation, etc, by its own people
the state of being self-controlled
an archaic term for self-control

Derived forms of self-government

self-governed, adjectiveself-governing, adjective
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