self-government

noun self-gov·ern·ment \ ˌself-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt , -ˈgə-vᵊm-ənt \

Definition of self-government

2 : government under the control and direction of the inhabitants of a political unit rather than by an outside authority; broadly : control of one's own affairs

First Known Use of self-government

1654

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SELF-GOVERNMENT Defined for English Language Learners

self-government

Definition of self-government for English Language Learners

  • : government or control of a country, group, etc., by its own members rather than by the members of a different country, group, etc.


SELF-GOVERNMENT Defined for Kids

self-government

noun self-gov·ern·ment \ ˈself-ˈgə-vərn-mənt , -vər-mənt \

Definition of self-government for Students

: government by the people making up a group or community


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