self-governed

adjective
self-gov·​erned | \ ˌself-ˈgə-vərnd How to pronounce self-governed (audio) \

Definition of self-governed

1 : not influenced or controlled by others
2 : exercising self-control

First Known Use of self-governed

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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