self-determination

noun self-de·ter·mi·na·tion \ ˌself-di-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of self-determination

1 : free choice of one's own acts or states without external compulsion
2 : determination by the people of a territorial unit of their own future political status

First Known Use of self-determination

circa 1670

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SELF-DETERMINATION Defined for English Language Learners

self-determination

Definition of self-determination for English Language Learners

  • : the right of the people of a particular place to choose the form of government they will have

  • : the freedom to make your own choices



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