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self-help

[ self-help, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈhɛlp, ˈsɛlf- /
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noun
the act of providing for or helping or the ability to provide for or help oneself without assistance from others.
Law. the act or right of remedying a wrong, without resorting to legal proceedings.
the acquiring of information or the solving of one's problems, especially those of a psychological nature, without the direct supervision of professionals or experts, as by independent reading or by joining or forming lay groups that are devoted to one's interests or goals.
adjective
of or relating to a book, article, home study course, or the like, offering an individual information or counseling intended to be personally beneficial or profitable: self-help books on overcoming shyness.
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Origin of self-help

First recorded in 1825–35

OTHER WORDS FROM self-help

self-helper, nounself-helpful, self-helping, adjectiveself-help·ful·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-help

self-help

noun
the act or state of providing the means to help oneself without relying on the assistance of others
  1. the practice of solving one's problems by joining or forming a group designed to help those suffering from a particular problem
  2. (as modifier)a self-help group
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