[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
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Related Wordsautonomy, flexibility, discretion, immunity, sovereignty, independence, right, indulgence, bent, facility, abandonment, sweep, leeway, independency, prerogative, liberty, laxity, latitude, scope, play
Examples from the Web for self-government
This is ugly stuff, deeply self-defeating to the cause of self-government.The RNC’s Block-and-Blame Game
May 3, 2013
This is self-government committing economic suicide, putting ideological absolutism ahead of solving problems.Our Pathetic Congress
December 30, 2012
Then he compared them to coverage of actual news, the stuff of war and peace and self-government.Charlie Sheen's "Winning" Streak: Celebrity Gossip Is Making Us Stupid
January 1, 2012
Removing most barricades might constitute some small risk, but it is risk that comes with self-government.How Occupy Wall Street Flashed New York Back to 9/11
December 30, 2011
Below are a few modest proposals that could help improve our capacity for self-government going forward.How Obama Can Win
November 5, 2011
It is an advance toward the highest conception of self-government.
Self-government can succeed only through an instructed electorate.
Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self.
We must take them into our alliance, or they will destroy all our theories of self-government.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
This self-denial is the test and definition of self-government.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- the government of a country, nation, etc, by its own people
- the state of being self-controlled
- an archaic term for self-control
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Word Origin and History for self-government
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