home rule


Definition of home rule

: self-government or limited autonomy in internal affairs by a dependent political unit (such as a territory or municipality)

Examples of home rule in a Sentence

The citizens petitioned for home rule.
Recent Examples on the Web But its attempts to curb the power of the army and the church, grant home rule to Catalans and Basques and implement land reform, all amid the Depression of the 1930s, may have been too ambitious. The Economist, "Too many setbacks A historian sets out to explain Spain’s tumultuous past," 20 June 2020 Under home rule, localities still are subject to laws that affect the whole state. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Tennessee Supreme Court declines to hear school voucher lawsuit, halting program," 5 June 2020 In luckier countries, stay-at-home rules reduced the number of new infections. The Economist, "Deadly tide Infections are rising fast in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan," 6 June 2020 But the state’s stay-at-home rule has forced the nonprofit to change policies and allow people to stay 24-hours a day. Chris Moody, The New Republic, "Living in Your Car as a Pandemic Consumes Your City," 1 June 2020 The shift in rules for houses of worship comes as Newsom faces lawsuits from religious groups over California’s stay-at-home rules, as well as mounting local pressure and demands from the Trump administration. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, "Churches plan big Pentecost services despite orders: ‘It’s part of our faith to be together’," 31 May 2020 Stay-at-home rules in flux Evers dropped his plans for a new statewide rule requiring people to stay in their homes. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus plans, Evers' polling bump, missing absentee ballots," 19 May 2020 Do the same work-from-home rules apply to kids and schoolwork? Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "How to work from home without hurting your back or driving your family crazy: Everything you need to know," 29 Apr. 2020 The commission, like many other businesses and government agencies observing social distancing and stay-at-home rules during the coronavirus pandemic, met on April 20 via a Zoom videoconference. Christopher Mele, New York Times, "Commissioner Resigns After He Threw a Cat During Zoom Meeting," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of home rule

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Home rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20rule. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of home rule

: government of a place (such as a country or territory) by the people who live there instead of by another country

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Legal Definition of home rule

: self-government or limited autonomy in internal affairs by a dependent political unit (as a territory or municipality) also : the political theory or principle of self-government

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