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noun, plural self-stud·ies.
  1. 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.
  2. the study of oneself; self-examination.
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  1. designed for or accomplished by self-study: a self-study course for learning German.
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Origin of self-study

First recorded in 1675–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of self-study

  • It is poetry as well as truth, as Goethe recognized in the title of his own self-study.

  • In self-study we saw faults that had been unnoticed before his return.


    David W. Bone

  • You have in your sister an opportunity for self-study without its like or equal.

    The Golden Censer

    John McGovern

  • 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.