[self-ree-uh-luh-zey-shuh n, self-]


the fulfillment of one's potential.

Origin of self-realization

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-realization

Contemporary Examples of self-realization

Historical Examples of self-realization

  • Not knowledge or information, but self-realization, is the goal.

  • Not knowledge or information, but self-realization is the goal.

    The Child in the Midst

    Mary Schauffler Labaree

  • Desire for expansion, for "self-realization," is its motive.

    How We Think

    John Dewey

  • "Self-realization" we considered to be the primary duty of every man and woman.

    A Student in Arms

    Donald Hankey

  • Self-realization, that was in our eyes the whole duty of man.

    A Student in Arms

    Donald Hankey

British Dictionary definitions for self-realization



the realization or fulfilment of one's own potential or abilities
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Word Origin and History for self-realization

also self realization, 1839, from self- + realization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper