[ self-reg-yuh-ley-ting, self- ]
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  1. 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.

  2. functioning automatically: a self-regulating machine.

Origin of self-regulating

First recorded in 1830–40

Words Nearby self-regulating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for self-regulating


  1. (of a business, society, etc) enforcing or upholding its own rules and laws without external agency of intervention

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