self-policing

noun
self-po·​lic·​ing | \ ˌself-pə-ˈlē-siŋ How to pronounce self-policing (audio) \

Definition of self-policing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

self-policing

adjective

Definition of self-policing (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of self-policing

Noun

1933, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-policing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-policing. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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