self-governing

adjective self-gov·ern·ing \ ˌself-ˈgə-vər-niŋ \

Definition of self-governing

: having control or rule over oneself; specifically : having self-government : autonomous

First Known Use of self-governing

1778


SELF-GOVERNING Defined for English Language Learners

self-governing

adjective

Definition of self-governing for English Language Learners

  • : controlled or ruled by its own members : having self-government


SELF-GOVERNING Defined for Kids

self-governing

adjective self-gov·ern·ing \ ˈself-ˈgə-vər-niŋ \

Definition of self-governing for Students

: being governed by its own members or citizens
  • a self-governing island

Learn More about self-governing


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up self-governing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen the seriousness or strength of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's That From? A Word Origin Quiz

  • turris-babel-by-athanasius-kircher
  • What language gave the word robot to English?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!