self-or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion ˌself-ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce self-organization (audio)
: organization of oneself or itself
: the act or process of forming or joining an organization (such as a labor union)

Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-organization was in 1802

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Cite this Entry

“Self-organization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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