self-determination


self–de·ter·mi·na·tion

noun \-di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\

: the right of the people of a particular place to choose the form of government they will have

: the freedom to make your own choices

Full Definition of SELF-DETERMINATION

1
:  free choice of one's own acts or states without external compulsion
2
:  determination by the people of a territorial unit of their own future political status

First Known Use of SELF-DETERMINATION

circa 1670

self-determination

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Process by which a group of people, usually possessing a degree of political consciousness, form their own state and government. The idea evolved as a byproduct of nationalism. According to the UN charter, a people has the right to form itself into a state or to otherwise determine the form of its association with another state, and every state has the right to choose its own political, economic, social, and cultural systems. Moreover, the administering authorities of dependent territories are enjoined to ensure political advancement and the development of self-government in those territories.

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