self-governing

adjective
self-gov·​ern·​ing | \ ˌself-ˈgə-vər-niŋ How to pronounce self-governing (audio) \

Definition of self-governing

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

First Known Use of self-governing

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-governing was in 1592

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“Self-governing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-governing. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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self-governing

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English Language Learners Definition of self-governing

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

self-governing

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

Kids Definition of self-governing

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

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