inner-directed

adjective

in·​ner-di·​rect·​ed ˈi-nər-də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce inner-directed (audio)
-(ˌ)dī-
: directed in thought and action by one's own scale of values as opposed to external norms

Examples of inner-directed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is inner-directed, determined to build self-esteem. Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inner-directed was in 1950

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“Inner-directed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inner-directed. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

inner-directed

adjective
in·​ner-di·​rect·​ed ˌin-ər-də-ˈrek-təd, -(ˌ)dī- How to pronounce inner-directed (audio)
: directed in thought and action by one's own scale of values as opposed to external norms compare other-directed
inner-direction noun

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