self-gov·​erned ˌself-ˈgə-vərnd How to pronounce self-governed (audio)
: not influenced or controlled by others
: exercising self-control

Examples of self-governed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although Taiwan has been self-governed for more than seven decades, it is not recognized by the U.N. as a nation in its own right, with the organization regarding Beijing as the island’s diplomatic representative. Bychloe Taylor, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-governed was in 1709

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“Self-governed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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