self-reg·​u·​la·​to·​ry ˌself-ˈre-gyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce self-regulatory (audio)
 also  -ˈrā-
: serving or tending to regulate oneself or itself
a self-regulatory industry
… the ABA [American Bar Association] worries that perhaps lawyers will lose a measure of self-regulatory power.The National Law Journal

Examples of self-regulatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The self-regulatory agency is considering opening cases with some beauty companies to learn more about their marketing claims, Brett said. Jeannette Neumann, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2024 Now, seventy years after the creation of the self-regulatory body Comics Code Authority, the infamous comics company is blasting out of the crypt and returning with a brand new line of comics. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 The challenges lodged against Comcast marketing were filed with the advertising industry's self-regulatory system run by BBB National Programs. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024 Indian streamers currently adhere to a self-regulatory digital media ethics code suggested by the government in 2021. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Dec. 2023 Photo: DirecTV DirecTV will modify some of its football-season ads following a complaint from the National Football League and an unfavorable ruling from an ad-industry self-regulatory group. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2023 Consumers can also access any disciplinary history of brokers at the BrokerCheck website maintained by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the self-regulatory organization for the brokerage industry. Bernice Napach,, 24 Oct. 2023 The National Advertising Division (NAD), part of the advertising industry's self-regulatory system run by BBB National Programs, ruled against Comcast after a challenge lodged by T-Mobile. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2023 The approval comes from the National Futures Association, a self-regulatory body designated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, nearly two years after Coinbase applied to register as a futures merchant. Allison Morrow, CNN, 16 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-regulatory was in 1875

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“Self-regulatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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