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self-po·​lic·​ing ˌself-pə-ˈlē-siŋ How to pronounce self-policing (audio)
: the act or action of supervising the activities or policies of one's own group in order to prevent or detect and address violations of rules and regulations without outside enforcement
the industry's efforts at self-policing
But there is no easy answer, other than rigorous self-policing by users.Jim Kerstetter
Not all march organizers agree that self-policing is necessary or, even, appropriate.The Oregonian


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: having, involving, or engaging in self-policing
self-policing forums
a self-policing community
the group's self-policing system/policy

Examples of self-policing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Part of the problem is that the Supreme Court is largely self-policing, and some of them are doing a very bad job of it. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1933, in the meaning defined above


1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-policing was in 1898

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“Self-policing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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