inner-directed

adjective
in·​ner-di·​rect·​ed | \ ˈi-nər-də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce inner-directed (audio) , -(ˌ)dī- \

Definition of inner-directed

: directed in thought and action by one's own scale of values as opposed to external norms

First Known Use of inner-directed

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Inner-directed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inner-directed. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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inner-directed

adjective
in·​ner-di·​rect·​ed | \ ˌin-ər-də-ˈrek-təd, -(ˌ)dī- How to pronounce inner-directed (audio) \

Medical Definition of inner-directed

: directed in thought and action by one's own scale of values as opposed to external norms — compare other-directed

Other Words from inner-directed

inner-direction \ -​ˈrek-​shən How to pronounce inner-directed (audio) \ noun

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