self-formation

noun
self-for·​ma·​tion | \ ˌself-fȯr-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce self-formation (audio) \

Definition of self-formation

: the act or process of forming or developing oneself or itself … discussing how, during this vulnerable time of self-formation and raging emotions, teenagers actually have no idea how to read social cues.— Katy Waldman

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circa 1713, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-formation was circa 1713

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