self-reg·​u·​la·​tion ˌself-ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce self-regulation (audio)
 also  -ˌrā-
plural self-regulations
: the act or condition or an instance of regulating oneself or itself: such as
: 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-regulationsKevin 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
: the bringing of oneself or itself into a state of order, method, or uniformity
self-regulation of an ecosystem
emotional self-regulation

Examples of self-regulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This means a healthy state of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Sonia Singh, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2024 Deprivation is typified by a delay in the development of the brain’s executive functions—attention, short-term working memory, self-regulation, and planning. Marc D. Hauser, TIME, 3 Apr. 2024 And there’s a certain amount of that with Boeing as well, in terms of its own self-regulation. Andy Mills, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 This equipment will be used daily to help the children learn self-regulation, reduce anxiety and self-injurious behavior, and improve overall functioning. Alexis Waiss, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2024 Physical activity: Promote motor development, self-regulation, and peer interaction with toys that encourage physical activity. Maya Polton, Parents, 8 Mar. 2024 Many digital ethicists worry that self-regulation won’t work. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2024 Self-Regulation Emotionally intelligent people are also very good at self-regulation. Erik Pham, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The accord is also a recognition that lawmakers around the world haven’t responded very quickly to the swift advancements in generative AI, leaving the tech industry to explore self-regulation. David Ingram, NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-regulation was in 1698

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“Self-regulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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