self-reg·​u·​lat·​ing ˌself-ˈre-gyə-ˌlā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-regulating (audio)
 also  -ˈrā-
: regulating oneself or itself
a self-regulating industry/economy
Could it be, he wondered, that the entire planet is an incredibly complex, self-regulating system designed for supporting life?James Delingpole
As part of the study, caregivers completed assessments about their children's self-regulating behaviors at 9 months old and 2 years old.Joan Raymond
especially : automatic
a self-regulating mechanism

Examples of self-regulating in a Sentence

a self-regulating thermostat runs the home's heating and cooling system

Word History

First Known Use

1745, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-regulating was in 1745

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“Self-regulating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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