adjusting, ruling, or governing itself without outside interference; operating or functioning without externally imposed controls or regulations: a self-regulating economy; the self-regulating market.
functioning automatically: a self-regulating machine.
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How to use self-regulating in a sentence
It is known as the "solid-wheel, self-regulating pattern," and was invented about seventeen years ago.
The manner in which this self-regulating system worked was amusing, and Rosalind Torrington stood by, and enjoyed it greatly.The Vicar of Wrexhill | Mrs [Frances] Trollope
The installation and use of fireless cookers, self-regulating ovens, is a first step.The Nervous Housewife | Abraham Myerson
The building is lighted by the Mather self regulating, incandescent system of electricity.Fifty Years In The Northwest | William Henry Carman Folsom
The self-regulating lamps may be classified into groups depending upon the nature of the regulating appliances.
British Dictionary definitions for self-regulating
(of a business, society, etc) enforcing or upholding its own rules and laws without external agency of intervention
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