self-di·​rec·​tive ˌself-də-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce self-directive (audio)
: self-directed sense 1
self-directive learning
The core aspect of the definition of "play" is that it's self-directive. You're deciding what you're going to do with whatever you're interacting with.Jeri Kayser
: self-directed sense 3
self-directive learners
My mom was very much about being self-directive as a woman and not finding your identity in who you were with.Cate Blanchett

Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-directive was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Self-directive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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