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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