government in which the supreme power is held by the people and used by them directly or indirectly through representation <self-government implies faith in the wisdom and essential goodness of the people>
the power to control one's actions, impulses, or emotions <steely self-government was all that kept her from lashing out at the rude customer> Synonyms continence
Related Words self-abnegation
Near Antonyms gratification
the state of being free from the control or power of another <championed self-government for the nation's indigenous peoples>
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