self-government

[ self-guhv-ern-muh nt, -er-muh nt, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərn mənt, -ər mənt, ˈsɛlf- /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. self-generating,
  2. self-generation,
  3. self-glorification,
  4. self-governed,
  5. self-governing,
  6. self-gratification,
  7. self-hardening,
  8. self-harm,
  9. self-hatred,
  10. self-heal

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 Formsself-governed, adjectiveself-governing, adjective

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Word Origin and History for self-government

self-government

n.

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

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