self-pla·​gia·​rism ˌself-ˈplā-jə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce self-plagiarism (audio)
 also  -jē-ə-
plural self-plagiarisms
: the reuse of one's own words, ideas, or artistic expression (as in an essay) from preexisting material especially without acknowledgment of their earlier use
Borrowing your own words is a tricky issue. … Writers and publishers tend to rank self-plagiarism as a lesser offense than—what should we call it?—"real" plagiarism? Still, they mostly agree it's a no-no.Taylor Wofford

Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-plagiarism was in 1833

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“Self-plagiarism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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