self-government

play
noun self-gov·ern·ment \ ˌself-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt , -ˈgə-vᵊm-ənt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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


SELF-GOVERNMENT Defined for English Language Learners

self-government

play
noun

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up self-government? 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 curse or denounce

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

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!