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self–determination

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noun self–de·ter·mi·na·tion \-di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of self–determination

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of self–determination

  1. 1 :  free choice of one's own acts or states without external compulsion

  2. 2 :  determination by the people of a territorial unit of their own future political status

Circa 1670

First Known Use of self–determination

circa 1670


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