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


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.

Origin of self-regulating

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-regulating

Historical Examples of self-regulating

  • The Ambassador was a perfect machine, automatic, self-adjusting, self-regulating.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • There is, therefore, in the new method a self-regulating adjustment.

    The Teacher

    George Herbert Palmer

  • And, unlike all others, it is self-adjusting, self-regulating.

    Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured

    Chas. Cluthe & Sons

  • I must have a self-regulating machine attached to my movements,—a portable duster and hat-catcher.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • This supplies him with air by a self-regulating apparatus at a pressure corresponding to his depth.

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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Word Origin and History for self-regulating

1837, from self- + present participle of regulate (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper