self-reg·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce self-regulation (audio) , -ˌre-gə- also -ˌrā- \
plural self-regulations

Definition of self-regulation

: the act or condition or an instance of regulating oneself or itself: such as
a : control or supervision from within instead of by an external authority the online marketing industry's self-regulation of consumer privacy protections also : a rule imposed in self-regulation Banks were left to largely manage themselves, and establish industry-wide self-regulations— Kevin Plummer According to the Federal Trade Commission, food marketing cannot be false, deceptive or unfair. But there are other, more specific, self-regulations out there for ads related to kids. — Alexandra Sifferlin
b : the bringing of oneself or itself into a state of order, method, or uniformity self-regulation of an ecosystem emotional self-regulation

First Known Use of self-regulation

1698, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-regulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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