self-education

noun
self-ed·​u·​ca·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌe-jə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-education (audio) \
plural self-educations

Definition of self-education

: the act or process of educating oneself by one's own efforts especially through reading and informal study … her painstaking self-education in all matters pertaining to New York …— James Traub also : the skills or knowledge attained through self-education [Mark] Coen purchased the old church for its space, moved in and set up shop while endeavoring to achieve a self-education in carpentry. — Carrie Manner

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1782, in the meaning defined above

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