self-government

noun
self-gov·​ern·​ment | \ ˌself-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt How to pronounce self-government (audio) , -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

Synonyms for self-government

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

First Known Use of self-government

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About self-government

Time Traveler for self-government

Time Traveler

The first known use of self-government was in 1622

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near self-government

self-governing

self-government

self-gratification

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for self-government

Cite this Entry

“Self-government.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-government. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for self-government

self-government

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-government

: 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

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

Kids Definition of self-government

: government by the people making up a group or community

More from Merriam-Webster on self-government

Nglish: Translation of self-government for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!