self-determination

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self-determination

[self-di-tur-muh-ney-shuhn, self-]
noun
1.
determination by oneself or itself, without outside influence.
2.
freedom to live as one chooses, or to act or decide without consulting another or others.
3.
the determining by the people of the form their government shall have, without reference to the wishes of any other nation, especially by people of a territory or former colony.

Origin:
1670–80; 1915–20 for def 3

self-determined, adjective
self-determining, adjective
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self-determination
 
n
1.  the power or ability to make a decision for oneself without influence from outside
2.  the right of a nation or people to determine its own form of government without influence from outside
 
self-de'termined
 
adj
 
self-de'termining
 
adj

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self-determination
1683, "determination of mind," from self + determination. Political sense is attested from 1911, popularized by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
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Example sentences
Everyone should have the right to self-determination, whether or not that
  choice agrees with the prevailing culture.
Indeed, self-determination, and the gratification of the ego are major lures of
  academic science.
Their friends oppose strong central government and prefer both local
  self-determination and individual rights.
Watch them carefully as they struggle to retain the good old days of
  self-serving, self-deceiving, self-determination.
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