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home rule

noun
1.
self-government in local matters by a city, province, state, colony, or the like.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60
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British Dictionary definitions for home rule

home rule

noun
1.
self-government, esp in domestic affairs
2.
(US, government) the partial autonomy of cities and (in some states) counties, under which they manage their own affairs, with their own charters, etc, within the limits set by the state constitution and laws
3.
the partial autonomy sometimes granted to a national minority or a colony

Home Rule

noun
1.
self-government for Ireland: the goal of the Irish Nationalists from about 1870 to 1920
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Word Origin and History for home rule
n.

1860, originally in reference to Ireland, from home (n.) + rule (n.).

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Encyclopedia Article for home rule

limited autonomy or self-government granted by a central or regional government to its dependent political units. It has been a common feature of multinational empires or states-most notably, the ancient Roman Empire and the British Empire-which have afforded measured recognition of local ways and measured grants of self-government provided that the local populations should remain politically loyal to the central government. It has also been a feature of state and municipal government in the United States, where state constitutions since 1875 have frequently been amended or revamped to confer general or specifically enumerated self-governing powers on cities and towns and sometimes counties and townships

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