self-help

noun \ ˈself-ˈhelp ; Southern also ˈhep \

Definition of self-help

: the action or process of bettering oneself or overcoming one's problems without the aid of others; especially : the coping with one's personal or emotional problems without professional help

self-help

adjective

First Known Use of self-help

1628

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SELF-HELP Defined for English Language Learners

self-help

Definition of self-help for English Language Learners

  • : the action or process of doing things to improve yourself or to solve your problems without the help of others


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self-help

noun \ ˈself-ˈhelp \

legal Definition of self-help

: the act of redressing or preventing a wrong by one's own actions rather than through legal proceedings
Note: The Uniform Commercial Code permits creditors to repossess collateral by self-help if it can be done without a breach of the peace.

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