- the study of something by oneself, as through books, records, etc., without direct supervision or attendance in a class: She learned to read German by self-study.
- the study of oneself; self-examination.
- designed for or accomplished by self-study: a self-study course for learning German.
Origin of self-study
First recorded in 1675–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for self-study
Almost all French speakers have to do a serious amount of self-study to become conversant, especially when it comes to phonetics.Why Can’t France Learn English?
March 9, 2013
The vast majority became religious after they joined al Qaeda, getting religion from comrades and self-study.Judging 'JihadJane'
March 17, 2010
It is poetry as well as truth, as Goethe recognized in the title of his own self-study.The Story of a Child
In self-study we saw faults that had been unnoticed before his return.Merchantmen-at-Arms
David W. Bone
You have in your sister an opportunity for self-study without its like or equal.The Golden Censer
By the road of self-study, she reached that sublime height of metaphysics, the intellectual vision of the Absolute.Heroic Spain
Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Self-study, the pursuit of every fleeting impression, became in the author at last a veritable obsession.A History of American Literature Since 1870
Fred Lewis Pattee