self-def·​i·​ni·​tion ˌself-ˌde-fə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce self-definition (audio)
: the evaluation by oneself of one's worth as an individual in distinction from one's interpersonal or social roles

Examples of self-definition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is how the human race has defined itself, and our self-definition is based on that—both as individuals, as nations, as humanity as a whole. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 The film wrestles with the twisting journey of self-definition and the mercurial relationships between mothers and daughters. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2023 People had housed important self-definitions in buildings that were at risk of falling over at the slightest tremor. J.p. Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2023 Techno-utopians imagined that access to the Internet would free individuals from the constraining bonds of society, encouraging new self-definitions and habits of reasoned debate. Vinay Sitapati, Foreign Affairs, 24 Nov. 2021 Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images These ideas of self-expression, self-love and self-definition took on new meaning when worn by Schafer. Leah Dolan, CNN, 15 Mar. 2023 Catton has a profound command of how perceptions lead to choice, and of how choice, for most of us, is an act of self-definition. B. D. McClay, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-definition was in 1957

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“Self-definition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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