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[self-ej-oo-key-tid, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪ tɪd, ˈsɛlf-/
educated by one's own efforts, especially without formal instruction.
Origin of self-educated
Related forms
self-educating, adjective
self-education, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self-educated
  • Many of these gang leaders are highly intelligent and, though self-educated, extremely well read.
  • But he was a self-made and self-educated intellectual colossus whose interests far transcended politics.
  • Although largely self-educated, he soon proved his capacity for leadership and won a lieutenant-colonelcy in the dragoons.
  • Truth was self-educated and possessed a quick wit and a charisma that often drew large crowds.
  • The teacher then gives students two articles that address the need for patients to be self-educated.
  • Although she went only through high school, she was self-educated to a remarkable degree.
  • Being self-educated has its many rewards and drawbacks to be sure.
  • He practically self-educated and in early life was thrown upon his own resources.
British Dictionary definitions for self-educated


educated through one's own efforts without formal instruction
educated at one's own expense, without financial aid
Derived Forms
self-education, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-educated

1761, from self- + educated.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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